Member of the “Future Movement” parliamentary bloc, MP Atef Majdalani said on Thursday that the dissociation policy has turned into a national issue that should be defended by all the Lebanese,” adding that the visit of Iraqi paramilitary group Asaib Ahl al-Haq leader, Qais al-Khazali to southern Lebanon damages the country and violates its sovereignty.
“The dissociation policy is not a mere internal accord between the political forces, but a national issue that should be defended by all the Lebanese who care about protecting their country from the hot spots burning near us,” Majdalani told Asharq Al-Awsat.
The deputy added that any violation of this policy would turn into an uncalculated adventure.
“Then, Prime Minister Saad Hariri will not be the only one to object those violations, but all the state, on top of which is President Michel Aoun,” he said.
Commenting on the visit of al-Khazali to southern Lebanon this month, Majdalani said that such actions “distort the image of the state, because they show that the legitimate authority in Lebanon is weak. And whether the timing of the visit was set deliberately or not, the measures taken by the Lebanese authorities, through the recommendations of Aoun and Hariri, reflect the unity of the political authority in facing any violations.”
The deputy denied that the Future Movement’s relationship with its ally, the Lebanese Forces, was heading towards escalation and rupture following the latest disputes.
Majdalani admitted that relations between the two allies passed through a cloud.
“But, what is certain is that the two sides agree on the strategic and national views, including the dissociation policy that allowed the government of Hariri to remain,” he stated.
The deputy added: “The upcoming days will reveal that the conclusions of some parties in this regard were not true.”
According to Majdalani, it was still too early to speak about electoral alliances.