Prime Minister Saad Hariri has reiterated Lebanon's adherence to UN Resolution 1701, the government's commitment to the disassociation policy and its rejection of any attempt to drag the country to regional conflicts or interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries.
During a meeting with United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo at the Grand Serail on Wednesday, Hariri said that he is working with President Michel Aoun, in cooperation with Speaker Nabih Berri, to fortify Lebanon in the face of regional and economic dangers and to carry out reforms, in parallel with the efforts to launch the Capital Investment Program, knowing that the financing of the first stage of the CIP was secured during the CEDRE conference held in Paris last year.
Hariri also highlighted the responsibility of the international community, and the UN in particular, to help Lebanon prevent attacks and put an end to Israeli violations of Resolution 1701, which succeeded in maintaining calm for thirteen years, noting that this responsibility comes within the framework of preventing any regional conflict in the serious conditions that most countries in the region are experiencing.
He congratulated DiCarlo on the success of the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, in forming a Syrian committee to draft a new Constitution, as a step towards reaching a political solution that must include the return of displaced Syrians to their country.
He pointed to the UN responsibility in mobilizing the international community to help Lebanon bear the burden of 1.5 million displaced Syrians.
Wednesday’s meeting was attended by UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Jan Kubis, former Minister Ghattas Khoury and Hariri’s advisers Nadim Mounla and Hazar Caracalla.
After the meeting, DiCarlo, said: “I assured the Prime Minister of our continued support for all the people of Lebanon and our continued support for hosting the number of refugees, and we are very grateful for the generosity of the Lebanese people in this regard.”
“I have to say that it has been a very good start to this visit and I look forward to further conversations not only with officials but also with representatives of the civil society and to see this beautiful city,” she added.