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Hariri receives Hamas delegation

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri received today at the Center House a delegation from the Supreme Council of the Evangelical Community in Syria and Lebanon, headed by its president Reverend Salim Sahyouni. It included priest Habib Badr, Judge Fawzi Dagher and Deputy Priest Edgar Trabulsi.

The delegation invited Premier Hariri to attend the opening ceremony of the Evangelical community house on Saturday.

Hariri also met with a delegation from Hamas Movement that included Izzat Al-Rishq, member of Hamas Political Bureau and Head of Arab and Islamic Relations, Ali Baraka, Hamas representative in Lebanon, and Ahmad Abdel Hadi, Hamas political officer in Lebanon, in the presence of the president of the Lebanese-Palestinian dialogue committee Hassan Mneimne.

After the meeting, Al-Rishq said: "We were honored to meet with Premier Hariri and wished Lebanon success and stability and the formation of the government as soon as possible because Lebanon's security and stability are important to the Palestinian people and all Arabs. We discussed the Palestinian situation and the latest unfortunate developments and the tensions between Hamas and Fateh.We said that these steps are regrettable, go against the reconciliation and contradict the important Egyptian effort that promoted the reconciliation."

He added: "Hamas is keen on the reconciliation and the unity of the Palestinians. We discussed the situation of the Palestinians in the camps and told him that we continue to support Lebanon's security and stability. We are keen on having the best relations with Lebanon and avoiding that the inter-Palestinian tension in Gaza and Ramallah impacts Lebanon. We also discussed the issue of recognizing the Palestinian rights, particularly the right to property and work, and Premier Hariri told us that he would work on it. We hope that the Palestinians in Lebanon will see some achievements in this file."

Hariri also received Lebanon's Ambassador to London, Rami Mortada, and Lebanon's Ambassador to Tehran, Hassan Abbas.

Source: National News Agency