GCC issues a protest letter against Aoun’s statements

GCC logoSecretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) , Abdul Latif Al-Zayani, handed the Lebanese Chargé d’Affaires to Riyadh a protest letter against the statements voiced by Free Patriotic Movement’s Leader MP Michel Aoun five days ago, LBC reported on Monday

According to the letter, Aoun spoke of the internal situation in Bahrain in a “demeaning and misleading way” that reflects “interests and commitments that everyone is aware of”, stressing that Aoun’s words are completely untrue.

The letter added that Aoun’s statements contradict the “historical and brotherly relations” between Lebanon and the GCC.

This development comes after Bahrain on Friday, summoned the Lebanese charge d’affaires at the Lebanese Embassy Ibrahim Assaf over remarks made by Aoun , which Bahrain considered “irresponsible meddling in its internal affairs.”

Aoun had told al-Alam last Wednesday that the demands of the protesters in Bahrain are “fair and justified.”

He criticized the Arab League and international community for failing to support the protests in Bahrain.

Aoun added: “It’s unfortunate that a peaceful revolution, which has been oppressed and going on for three years, has not been recognized enough by the world.”

aoun nasrallah defAoun is closely associated with Hezbollah militant group which has been supporting the uprising against the monarchy in Bahrain.

Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah saluted the Bahraini revolution on Saturday during a televised speech

Bahrain’s Information Minister Samira Rajab accused Hezbollah on Saturday, of “extremism” and “terrorism,” describing it as a “terrorist militia.”

Ties between Lebanon and Bahrain reached an all-time low in 2011 when Nasrallah slammed the crackdown on the protesters.

His remarks prompted the Bahraini authorities to suspend the flights of Gulf Air and Bahraini Air between Manama and Beirut for several months.

Prime Minister Najib Mikati telephoned on Sunday his Bahraini counterpart Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman, stressing that Lebanon respects Bahrain’s sovereignty and to ignore the stances voiced by some Lebanese leaders since they do not reflect the government’s official stance.

Mikati expressed to the Bahraini premier “Lebanon’s appreciation for Bahrain’s leadership and people,” lauding Manama’s “pioneering role in the Arab region and the world,” according to a press release issued by his office.

  • Patience2

    Looks like kissin’ cousins, to me.

    • 5thDrawer

      Aoun’s script was written by Nastyrallah.

      • Prophettttt

        I thought you support freedom of expression. Does it matter who wrote the script? What happened to the tolerance you always promote and defend?Are we applying different standard to different people and to different countries?Either you support freedom of expression to all,or you don’t.
        Please be consistent,5th.You can’t have summer and winter at the same time.

        • 5thDrawer

          My dear prophettttt – I didn’t say he couldn’t spout off about things in another country. We all do it, don’t we? I just stuck in my thought on the matter.
          I agree with him, in fact, on the concept that ‘fair and justified’ are the desires of ALL the people of ‘Springs’ who truly wish for ‘equal rights’, ‘freedom of expression’ and ‘democracy in government’ …. as they DO in Syria, and DID in Egypt – or Tunisia.
          But somehow I doubt those concepts are solid in the minds of the people Aoun is defending. For Aoun, sectarian defence is a good thing and he put his hand in the hand of the man with the gun (who only won 2 seats out of 30) to achieve it.
          I agree, actually, with your comment on the ‘rebuttal’ (above) by the other idiots . They are just as silly to pay attention to him … although I think they know where he is directed from. I suppose in the ‘press wars’ Aoun is presented as of huge importance in this tiny country which has been theoretically the ‘most democratic’ of ‘Arab States’, and the Arabs think they can flog him as they wish because he’s really insignificant – except in the press which has this huge propensity to label and puff up the silliest statements of opinion.
          I think it matters who writes the scripts.
          None of those ‘top dogs’ are moving Lebanon toward equality and democracy very well.
          Or defending it’s (uncertain) borders.
          By the way, I don’t care much for Bahrain, but I don’t think they will attack over anything Aoun says. And if anyone is worried about that, then American Paranoia has taken hold for sure. After all, Bahrain couldn’t get past Israel. ;-)

      • libnan1

        5th, Aoun answered a question. He did not read a statement or make a speech. The Great speaks his mind.

        • Prophettttt

          libnan1, It makes no difference whether He answered a question or issued a statement ,or made a speech.The point is He stated an opinion on events that are taking place in Bahrain,and He had every right to do so.
          How about Lebanese politicians who are always discussing Syria or USA,Mali or Iran, and criticizing their leaders;are they supposed to banned?How many people curse Najad,Obama, Assad, Khaminai, Mursi, ……and so on.As if it’s Ok to criticize everyone else except the gulf states and their tyrants?
          The Fact that All of the gulf states came out attacking Aoun for stating his opinion on Bahrain,Proves Aoun’s point,and enhances his credibility.So Be Happy,lol

  • Patience2

    Looks like kissin’ cousins, to me.

    • 5thDrawer

      Aoun’s script was written by Nastyrallah.

      • Prophettttt

        I thought you support freedom of expression. Does it matter who wrote the script? What happened to the tolerance you always promote and defend?Are we applying different standard to different people and to different countries?Either you support freedom of expression to all,or you don’t.

        • 5thDrawer

          My dear prophettttt – I didn’t say he couldn’t spout off about things in another country. We all do it, don’t we? I just stuck in my thought on the matter.
          I agree with him, in fact, on the concept that ‘fair and justified’ are the desires of ALL the people of ‘Springs’ who truly wish for ‘equal rights’, ‘freedom of expression’ and ‘democracy in government’ …. as they DO in Syria, and DID in Egypt – or Tunisia.
          But somehow I doubt those concepts are solid in the minds of the people Aoun is defending. For Aoun, sectarian defence is a good thing and he put his hand in the hand of the man with the gun (who only won 2 seats out of 30) to achieve it.
          I agree, actually, with your comment on the ‘rebuttal’ (above) by the other idiots . They are just as silly to pay attention to him … although I think they know where he is directed from. I suppose in the ‘press wars’ Aoun is presented as of huge importance in this tiny country which has been theoretically the ‘most democratic’ of ‘Arab States’, and the Arabs think they can flog him as they wish because he’s really insignificant – except in the press which has this huge propensity to label and puff up the silliest statements of opinion.
          I think it matters who writes the scripts.
          None of those ‘top dogs’ are moving Lebanon toward equality and democracy very well.
          Or defending it’s (uncertain) borders.
          By the way, I don’t care much for Bahrain, but I don’t think they will attack over anything Aoun says. And if anyone is worried about that, then American Paranoia has taken hold for sure. After all, Bahrain couldn’t get past Israel. ;-)

      • libnan1

        5th, Aoun answered a question. He did not read a statement or make a speech. The Great speaks his mind.

        • Prophettttt

          libnan1, It makes no difference whether He answered a question or issued a statement ,or make a speech.The point is He stated an opinion on events that are taking place in Bahrain,and He had every right to do so.
          How about Lebanese politicians who are always discussing Syria or USA,Mali or Iran, and criticizing their leaders;are they supposed to banned?How many people curse Najad,Obama, Assad, Khaminai, Mursi, ……and so on.As if it’s Ok to criticize everyone else except the gulf states and their tyrants?
          The Fact that All of the gulf states came out attacking Aoun for stating his opinion on Bahrain,Proves Aoun’s point,and enhances his credibility.So Be Happy,lol

  • http://twitter.com/hassan1107 hassan5148

    its time to throw aoun back to france even they propebly will no longer except him.

    • libnan1

      Who is going to throw Aoun back to France, you or Hariri? The only reason Aoun went to France back when is because people like you and other collaborators preferred the Syrians over the Lebanese army.

  • http://twitter.com/hassan1107 hassan5148

    its time to throw aoun back to france even they propebly will no longer except him.

    • libnan1

      Who is going to throw Aoun back to France, you or Hariri? The only reason Aoun went to France back when is because people like you and other collaborators preferred the Syrians over the Lebanese army.

  • Prophettttt

    WOW!!!!!The Gulf Cooperation Council ,with all that it represents,and with all its power felt the need to defend itself against a statement by a Lebanese politician!!!! Is this how secure these nations about themselves and about their policies? I could understand if they had to issue a statement denouncing a state or a government of a country ,but a local politician?

    Are they going to punish all Lebanese because Aoun criticized Bahrain? Aren’t these gulf states supporting freedom of expression and democracy in Syria ?So much for their support of freedom. Bunch of hypocrites.

  • Prophettttt

    The Gulf Cooperation Council ,with all that it represents,and with all its power felt the need to defend itself against a statement by a Lebanese politician? Is this how secure these nations about themselves and about their policies? I could understand if they had to issue a statement denouncing a state or a government of a country ,but a local politician?

    Are they going to punish all Lebanese because Aoun criticized Bahrain? Aren’t these gulf states supporting freedom of expression and democracy in Syria ?So much for their support of freedom. Bunch of hypocrites.

  • Hannibal

    Hmmmmmm… Double standards… I did not see them protesting the cartoons depicting Patriarch Rai as a Bashar stooge. I mean do not get me wrong I am against the Patriarch interfering in politics or for that matter any religious figure at all but come on, Aoun attacks and holly hell rises up yet no word of apology or otherwise comes out against the cartoons.

    • 5thDrawer

      Cartoons are only ‘funny’ to those who can see the right ‘thousand words’ of a picture.
      Besides, we’re running out of Kentucky-fried chicken – don’t make waves. ;-)

      • Hannibal

        lol specially in Tripoli… ;)

  • Hannibal

    Hmmmmmm… Double standards… I did not see them protesting the cartoons depicting Patriarch Rai as a Bashar stooge. I mean do not get me wrong I am against the Patriarch interfering in politics or for that matter any religious figure at all but come on, Aoun attacks and holly hell rises up yet no word of apology or otherwise comes out against the cartoons.

    • 5thDrawer

      Cartoons are only ‘funny’ to those who can see the right ‘thousand words’ of a picture.
      Besides, we’re running out of Kentucky-fried chicken – don’t make waves. ;-)

      • Hannibal

        lol specially in Tripoli… ;)