(UPDATE) BERRI: TOO LATE FOR PACKAGE DEAL NOW

Speaker of the House, Nabih Berri, on Tuesday indicated that it was too late to evoke the package deal he had suggested last year in an attempt to end the presidential vacuum.

Berri had proposed a package deal on key issues, including the presidential election, a new electoral law and a new government, and had insisted his suggestion would end the political deadlock, despite opposition from major political powers.

“You rejected the package deal before it was time for harvest; why are you asking for it now that it’s too late,” Berri said in a statement today.

Separately, Berri met at Ain-el-Tineh with Mexican Ambassador to Lebanon, Jaime Garcia Amaral, with whom he discussed the Lebanese-Mexican bilateral ties, and the cooperation between both countries’ Parliaments.

He later met with U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Commander General Joseph L. Votel, accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon, Elizabeth Richard.

Talks reportedly touched on the current situation in Lebanon and the broader Arab region.

On a different note, Berri received a cable from his Kuwaiti counterpart Marzouq Al-Ghanim, who greeted him on Ramadan advent.

He received a similar cable from his Syrian counterpart Hadiya Khalaf Abbas.

Source: National News Agency