Jumblatt’s Office Denies Ban on MP's Entry to Syria
By Nabil Al Mulhem
Albawaba.com - Damascus
Office of the Lebanese MP Walid Jumblatt, leader of the Progressive Socialist Party, denied on Tuesday an AFP report saying Jumblatt was banned from entering Syria.
In a statement to Albawaba.com in Damascus, Seefan Azzam, Jumblatt’s office manager said that he “did not receive any information from any party regarding such a claim,” stressing that “the opinions presented at the Lebanese parliament regarding the Syrian presence in Lebanon are considered a Lebanese issue.”
Jumblatt was subjected to a strong and hostile campaign during the Parliament session on Monday night. The campaign was led by Asim Qansoh, Secretary General of the Baath party, who accused Jumblatt of exceeding the limits.
Throughout the last week’s campaigns led by Jumblatt and Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir demanding the withdrawal of Syrian 35,000 troops from Lebanon, the Syrian press and officials remained silent, and the only comment was by Foreign Minister Farouq Shara at a press conference last week held jointly with Lebanese Foreign Minister Mahmoud Hammoud. Shara said that the issue is “a Lebanese internal affair.”
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