BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and the leader of the Progressive Socialist Party Walid Jumblatt agreed to confront the latest Syrian ‘escalation’ together.
“They have agreed to coordinate, especially in the face of the Syrian escalation against them, and specifically after the Syrian regime’s claims that Hariri, Jumblatt and Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea were financing terrorism,” informed sources told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper in remarks published Sunday.
Jumblatt and Hariri were recently accused by Damascus of funding terrorists inside Syria, along with the leader of the Lebanese Forces Party Samir Geagea.
All three Lebanese politicians have long been opposed to Damascus, despite many attempts by the March 8th bloc to restore Syria’s status in the Arab world.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, Jumblatt lashed out at the pro-Syria bloc politicians after he accused them of weakening Lebanon.
“It seems that some forces who have revived themselves do no care about the economy and it seems that these forces want to weaken Lebanon’s economic and social structure but we will not allow them,” Jumblatt added.