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Hariri Points to Imminent Major Political Agreement

Hariri Points to Imminent Major Political Agreement

Friday, 22 December, 2017 - 07:45
- Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad onHariri presides a cabinet meeting at the governmental palace in Beirut, Lebanon September 29, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir/File Photo

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri pointed to a very wide political agreement that would improve the situation in the country, saying that the only way to move forward was to have the majority of Lebanon’s political components within the government.

During a meeting on Thursday with a delegation from Beirut’s associations and social organizations, Hariri said: “There is a major disagreement over regional affairs with some parties in the country, such as Hezbollah. But this does not mean that we are unable to establish a dialogue for the benefit of the country, to secure electricity, water, communications, hospitals, the environment or waste disposal.”

The Lebanese premier stressed that the most important factor for the development of the economy was political and security stability.

He underlined in this regard the need to commit to the policy of dissociation from regional conflicts “in words and deeds, because Lebanon is no longer able to tolerate to have problems with its friends and brothers, whether in Saudi Arabia or the Gulf.”

“We want the best relations with the Kingdom because it has never deceived Lebanon. We will continue this process and I assure you that relations with the Kingdom will be at their best,” he added.

Hariri commented on the US president’s decision to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, calling it “unfair to the peace process and to the rights of Palestinians, Arabs, Muslims and Christians.”

“The Lebanese state condemns and rejects this decision,” he affirmed.

The Lebanese premier went on to say: “Today, for the first time in years, we see that the Palestinian issue has returned to the forefront, and there is an international, Arab, Islamic and Christian consensus to reject the American decision.”

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