Jumblatt to hold a press conference on Tuesday


Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat will hold a press conference at noon on Tuesday at his Clemenceau residence, according according to a statement issued by his office on Monday.

The statement added that Jumblatt will not issue his weekly editorial in the Anbaa magazine

In a related development MP Fouad Saad , a member of the Democratic Gathering bloc which is headed by Jumblatt said on Monday: There is a dispute over what is demanded of the difference sides in the Saudi Syrian agreement and “it appears that no one knows the content of this compromise yet.”

The compromise has not yet been announced and everyone should wait for it to be clarified, he said

Saad also expressed surprise that “March 8 forces demand that March 14 concede the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) when everyone knows that the tribunal is ongoing and cannot be abolished.”

Saudi and Syrian officials have reportedly been working on a compromise that would resolve tensions in Lebanon over the imminent STL indictment . Reports say that the STL may soon indict Hezbollah members in its investigation of the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri, father of Saad the current prime minister.

PM Hariri said during an interview with the Al-Hayat newspaper that was published on Friday that the Saudi-Syrian (S-S) agreement on reducing tension in Lebanon had been finalized a long time ago, even before King Abdullah , traveled to New York for the treatment but blamed Hezbollah and its March 8 allies for not living up to their end of the deal.

Hariri also said : “ I will not implement any commitment I made before the other party ( read Hezbollah) implements what it said it would commit to and added ‘anything else is an attempt to sabotage the Saudi-Syrian efforts.”

” This is the major base of the Syrian-Saudi efforts”. Hariri stressed.

Hariri said he decided to break his months-long silence to defend the Saudi-Syrian process against a campaign aimed at distorting it. “I have kept silent for months. Now, I have broken silence just because I am responsible and concerned with protecting this process in the interest of the country and its stability.”

Hariri did not reveal the details of the Saudi-Syrian deal, but his political adviser, Mohammad Shatah, said during an interview on Friday that the Saudi-Syrian deal is aimed at achieving stability in Lebanon, by taking specific steps to reduce political tension, such as restoring contacts between Lebanese factions, ensuring that state institutions return to serving the public and following up on the issue of Lebanese-Syrian ties.