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Lebanese Politician Jumblat Mourns Canine 'Comrade'

Lebanese Politician Jumblat Mourns Canine 'Comrade'

Friday, 22 March, 2019 - 17:45
Walid Jumblat and his dog, Oscar. (Twitter)
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Head of Lebanon’s Progressive Socialist Party Walid Jumblat is mourning the death of his long time dog, Oscar, reported the Associated Press.

The former MP on announced the death of Oscar, seen by his side more often than not, in a tweet: "Good bye best friend, good bye most valuable comrade. Good bye my beloved Oscar."

Jumblat, a maverick politician and leader of the Druze community, made the announcement shortly before meeting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the US ambassador's residence near Beirut.

Over the past years, Oscar, a Shar Pei, often accompanied Jumblat even when he met with dignitaries, whether in his Beirut home or mountain palace in the Mokhtara village.

In a 2014 interview with the daily An Nahar, Jumblat had said that he and then 10-year-old Oscar were "getting old together."

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