Brok, on an official visit to Beirut, poses for a photo in front of Raouche’s Pigeon Rock. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The EU is moving toward engaging in discussions with the government of Bashar Assad's regime, Elmar Brok, the chairman of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs, said Wednesday. Brok, who is currently on an official visit to Lebanon, also said he hoped Hezbollah officials would foster a climate of political unity in the country, hinting that the party's military wing could be removed from the EU's terror list in the future.Brok explained that the international community is in the middle of a debate about whether to engage with Assad, particularly in light of the threat that ISIS poses to the region and to the world. Conversely, Brok cast the EU's commitment to combatting ISIS in no uncertain terms.The EU delegation also met with Speaker Nabih Berri, Future Movement leader Saad Hariri, former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and MP Walid Jumblatt.Following his meeting with Hariri, Brok voiced support for the ongoing dialogue between Hezbollah and Future, saying he considered it very necessary for the sake of the country's stability.
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