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Lebanon petrol stations suspend strike - NNA

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Lebanon petrol stations suspend strike - NNA
FILE PHOTO: A banner is seen at a petrol station in Beirut, Lebanon November 28, 2019. The banner reads: "Strike!! Strike!! Because we can't buy the U.S. dollar". REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir   -   Copyright  MOHAMED AZAKIR(Reuters)

CAIRO (Reuters) – Lebanon’s petrol stations syndicate chief announced on Friday night that the union will suspend its strike starting tonight, state news agency (NNA) quoted Sami al-Brax as saying.

Lebanese daily Al-Nahar cited al-Brax saying the union was suspending its strike to hold talks with authorities and added the syndicate would have a meeting on Monday.

The union had called for an open-ended strike starting Thursday because of losses incurred from having to buy dollars on a parallel market, the main source of hard currency during the country’s economic crisis.

(Reporting by Hesham Abdul Khalek and Ellen Francis; Editing by Chris Reese)