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Hariri Will Not Allow 'Hezbollah' to Mess with Arab States

Hariri Will Not Allow 'Hezbollah' to Mess with Arab States

Sunday, 26 November, 2017 - 07:15
Hariri received on Saturday the Supreme Islamic Sharia Council at the House of Center/NNA

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri said on Sunday that he would not accept the 'Hezbollah' stances that affect Arab brothers or target the security and stability of their countries, adding that contacts and dialogues are serious to respond to those proposals to build on them.

Hariri’s comments were distributed by his media office on Saturday after the prime minister met with the Supreme Islamic Sharia Council and its Vice-President, former minister Omar Meskawi.

“The postponement step we have taken at the request of President Michel Aoun is to give an opportunity to discuss our demand to keep Lebanon neutral about the fires and wars in the region, to apply the disassociation policy and commit to the Taif Agreement. We will not accept the 'Hezbollah' stances that affect our Arab brothers,” Hariri said.

Also on Saturday, Lebanon’s official news agency NNA quoted 'Hezbollah’s' International Relations Officer Ammar Moussawi as saying that his party is ready to reach understandings with “our partners in the country”, and that the group is open to real dialogue and cooperation with all.

Moussawi added that Hariri’s resignation, which he said was done under coercion from Riyadh, was a spark that aimed to ignite Lebanon.

Meanwhile, President Aoun is set to hold bilateral meetings on Monday with representatives and heads of the country’s parliamentary blocs and parties currently participating in the government, in addition to other figures.

Aoun wants to find the best exit for the current crisis and to discuss with the Lebanese concerned officials their visions regarding the basic files that Hariri already placed on the table, and which constituted a set of conditions for holding off his decision to resign from the government.

Presidential sources said that Aoun decided to kick off bilateral meetings on Monday instead of holding the National Dialogue table to discuss the government crisis.

Aoun will then travel to Rome on Wednesday.

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