Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri held a meeting on Monday in Iraq with the Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi in the presence of various political, religious and ethnic groups, media reports said.
“The security situation is doing well. But the bigger problem today is the economic situation. Regardless of Lebanon’s sound monetary sector, the economic situation in the country is dangerous. We must find a way to reduce the public deficit, otherwise Lebanon will face negative consequences," Berri, who arrived in Baghdad on Sunday on an official visit, said.
On Iraq’s role in the region, the Speaker said, “One of the most important reasons for my visit to Iraq is that it is a national and religious duty, but it is also meant to say that Iraq can play a major and more effective role at the regional level.
Berri arrived Sunday in Baghdad at the invitation of his Iraqi counterpart Mohammed al-Halbousi, who cut short a foreign trip in order to receive him.
Berri is scheduled to meet with the country’s top officials and with Shiite spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Sistani.