Moallem’s “visit to Beirut was an embarrassment for Lebanon, which seeks to enforce the dissociation policy, as spelled out by the Baabda declaration ” Salam said in remarks published Friday by Al-Hayat newspaper .
Al-Akhbar newspaper which is closely associated with Hezbollah and the Syrian regime reported last month that Muallem has met with March 8 officials at the Syrian embassy in Yarze, during the banquet
This was reportedly not the first time that Syrian Ambassador Ali Abdulkarim Ali had organized such meetings .
Muallem’s deputy Faisal al-Meqdad and Syrian President Bashar Assad’s advisor Buthaina Shaaban in addition to other top officials attended the banquet before traveling to Russia for talks with President Vladimir Putin, said al-Akhbar.
The newspaper published a list of the invitees from the March 8 alliance. It included the names of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s aide, Hussein Khalil, Hezbollah Minister Ali Hassan Khalil, who is Speaker Nabih Berri’s top aide, Marada movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh, Minister Elias Bou Saab as a representative of Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Michel Aoun and other March 8 officials.
The Syrian and Lebanese officials discussed several issues, including the presidential deadlock and an electoral draft-law, said al-Akhbar.
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