SHORTER AFTER MEETING BERRI: IT REMAINS VERY IMPORTANT THAT PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS HAPPEN ON 6 MAY AS PLANNED

House Speaker, Nabih Berri, on Wednesday welcomed at his Ain Tineh residence British Ambassador to Lebanon, Hugo Shorter, with talks between the pair reportedly touching on the current situation in Lebanon and the region.

In a press release distributed by the British Embassy in Beirut, Ambassador Shorter said: “I met with Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri today. It was an opportunity to discuss our strong bilateral relations and the upcoming parliamentary elections, as well as regional developments. It remains very important that they happen on 6 May as planned.”

Ambassador Shorter added: “It is a step forward to see a woman candidate on AMAL’s list. I am also pleased that the Speaker continues to support increased representation of women in parliament. This is something which I know many Lebanese are hoping for. I believe working towards 30% of female candidates on political electoral lists remains a key goal for ensuring women’s political participation.”

On the other hand, Speaker Berri met with Minister of State for Planning Michel Pharaon, with whom he discussed the general situation and the forthcoming legislative elections.

This afternoon, Berri met with head of the National Center in the North, Kamal al-Kheir, with the upcoming parliamentary elections highlighting their talks.

On emerging, Al-Kheir said he raised with the Speaker a range of demands pertaining to the northern district, Minieh and Dinnieh.

Source: National News Agency