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Berri meets Bassil over budget, maritime borders

Speaker of the House, Nabih Berri, met Friday at his Ain-el-Tineh residence with Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, over an array of local affairs.

Speaking to reporters in the wake of the meeting, Bassil indicated that his visit today came within the frame of "bolstering the existing ties" between the two sides, praising the "positive cooperation" inside the government over the electricity and budget issues.

He added that the meeting also featured high on the maritime and land borders' dossier.

"We coordinated the related position in order to be able to preserve our rights in the sea and on the land," Bassil said.

"I also broached the affair of Imam Moussa Sadr, and the action of the Lebanese state in that respect," he went on to say, vowing further efforts in the upcoming stage.

Moreover, Bassil sounded the alarm on major external perils including the "deal of the century" and the settlement of refugees.

Accordingly, he maintained that Lebanon would not make any concession in that respect, calling for inter-Lebanese solidarity.

"I would like to reassure the Lebanese that Israel is incapable of touching our resources," he stressed.

"We must not live in panic. Israel has no means within the current equation of force," he said.

"Therefore, we must preserve our stability and, in order to encourage oil-related activities, we must try to find solutions without making any concession," he underlined.

Separately, Berri met with Head of the Finance and Budget House committee, MP Ibrahim Kanaan, with whom he discussed the state finances and budget, as well as the hiring issue at public administrations.

Source: National News Agency