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De Freij: Iran’s Violation of Lebanon’s Sovereignty Stabbed Hariri in the Back

De Freij: Iran’s Violation of Lebanon’s Sovereignty Stabbed Hariri in the Back

Thursday, 9 November, 2017 - 07:00
De Freij meets with Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi/ File Photo/NNA

Future parliamentary bloc MP Nabil de Freij said on Wednesday that the Iranian positions and intervention in Lebanon’s political affairs, its violation of sovereignty, in addition to Tehran’s attempts to normalize the country’s relations with Syria through the visit made by its allies to Damascus lately have all constituted a stab in the back of Prime Minister Saad Hariri and a reason for his decision to withdraw from all the political settlements reached earlier among political parties.

In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat on Wednesday, De Freij said that Hariri’s resignation came after he was fed up from the situation that was worsening and derailing its path.

“Similar to all Lebanese, I was surprised by the resignation but I have big faith in PM Hariri,” the deputy said.

He said that the settlement reached between Lebanon’s political parties in October 2016 and which led to the election of President Michel Aoun, had very positive results on the country’s internal affairs.

But de Freij said the settlement had stipulated the need to keep Lebanon away from any foreign interventions.

“Unfortunately, this clause was never implemented,” he said.

The deputy spoke about an agreement reached earlier between Future Movement's Secretary General Nader Hariri and Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil concerning the need to enable the institutions and to stop any foreign meddling in Lebanon’s internal affairs, especially from Iran.

He said Future was expecting Aoun and his team to enforce this decision through their previous understanding with Hezbollah. But, instead of respecting the agreement and safeguarding Lebanese sovereignty, things worsened with the rise in foreign meddling, starting with the comments of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to Ali Akbar Velayati, who asserted that Iran and its axis had won from Iran, to Syria and Lebanon.

Asked about his expectations on the political track in Lebanon after Hariri’s resignation, de Freij said: “The crisis is long and difficult. We should delicately examine the comments of the two Saudi ministers Adel Al-Jubeir and Thamer al-Sabhan.”

He ruled out the formation of a new cabinet in the near future. “There is no government without the approval of Prime Minister Saad Hariri,” de Freij said.

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