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Dergham: ‘Strong Lebanon’ holding onto dissociation from regional conflicts

MP Assaad Dergham on Thursday maintained that the "Strong Lebanon" bloc holds onto dissociation from regional conflicts, adding that it is however concerned with the Syrian refugee issue.

"We are committed to dissociating ourselves from entering regional axes and from regional conflicts; but we are concerned with the Syrians' displacement issue which has caused Lebanon tremendous losses," the lawmaker told an interview with Future TV channel.

Tackling the government formation, Dergham said that the Free Patriotic Movement rejected the Progressive Socialist Party's monopoly of Druze representation, especially in light of the recent legislative elections' results.

"The 'Strong Lebanon' bloc is entitled to being represented by a Druze minister, besides the necessity to preserve the National Pact," he added.

"Walid Jumblatt must realize that the time of him tailoring his own standards, has gone," he underlined.

Moreover, he described the meeting between Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri and MP Taymour Jumblatt as "excellent," especially that "Hariri has stressed on the importance of adopting one standard for representation."

"We are fully confident that President Michel Aoun and PM-designate Hariri will work seriously to overcome all hurdles," he said.

"We hope that the complications are strictly internal, and that Hariri will be able to form a lineup according to a unified standard," he concluded.

Source: National News Agency