Suleiman tells Arab states to ignore Aoun’s remarks

suleiman at cabinet meetingPresident Michel Suleiman urged all Lebanese politicians to abide by the principles of the Baabda Declaration and refrain from meddling in the affairs of other Arab countries and at the same time he told the Arab states to ignore remarks made by some politicians because they not reflect the official stance of Lebanon.

This was in reference to remarks made by Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun in support of the anti government protesters in Bahrain.

“The opinions of Lebanese politicians do not reflect those of the Lebanese Cabinet,” Suleiman stressed

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 is closely associated with the Hezbollah militant group which , along with its backer Iran 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.

Suleiman’s remarks come after 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.

The cabinet session was supposed to be held at the Grand Serail, but Suleiman reportedly intentionally moved it to Baabda to deliver the message from the cabinet to the Arab world about Lebanon’s stance.

During Wednesday’s Cabinet session Suleiman also told the ministers that Lebanon would remain committed to having the best relations with other Arab states.

Suleiman also denounced during the cabinet session a cartoon of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz that was hung off a pedestrian bridge over the Jal al-Dib highway Tuesday . The poster portrayed the Saudi Monarch as the king of spades holding in his hand a sword stained with blood.

Suleiman asked Justice Minister Shakib Qortbawi to follow up on the case and to uncover the perpetrators responsible for the act. “Insulting the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz is totally unacceptable,” Suleiman declared.

suleiman saudi envoyFollowing the Cabinet meeting , Saudi Ambassador Ali Awad Asiri visited Suleiman at the Baabda palace and thanked him for his support.

Asiri told reporters that Saudi Arabia is committed to maintaining good relations with Lebanon.

“What happened will not affect the strong relationship between the kingdom and Lebanon,” Asiri added

  • 5thDrawer

    No sense of humour Anti … just no sense of humour. ;-)

  • 5thDrawer

    No sense of humour Anti … just no sense of humour. ;-)

  • wargame1

    In 1936, six Alawi notables sent a memorandum to Leon Blum, head of France’s Popular Front governmen. Among those Six Alawite Notables One of the signatories to this document was Sulayman Al Assad a minor chief of the Kalbya Klan (Banu Kalb or Kalb tribe) the father of Bashar Al-Qaeda. The Memorandum includes the following points

    “**The Alawite people who have preserved their independence year after year with great zeal and sacrifice are different from the Sunni Muslims They were never subject to the authority of the cities of the interior

    **The Alawites refuse to be annexed to Muslim Syria because in Syria the official religion of the state is Islam and according to Islam the Alawites are considered infidels

    **The granting of Independence to Syria constitutes a good example of of the socialist principles in Syria. (but) as to the presence of a parliament and a constitutional government that does not represent individual freedom. This parliamentary rule is no more than a false appearance without any value. In truth it covers up a regime dominated by religious fanaticism against the minorities. Do French Leaders want the Muslims to have control over the Alawite people in order to throw them into misery?

    **We can sense today how the Muslims in Damascus force the Jews who live among them to sign a document pledging that they will not send provisions to their ill fated brethren in Palestine. The condition of the Jews in Palestine is the strongest and the most explicit evidence of the Islamic militancy of the Islamic issue vis a vis those who do not belong to Islam. These good Jews contributed to the Arabs with civilization and peace ,Scattered gold and established prosperity in Palestine without harming anyone or taking anything by force yet the Muslims declare Holy War against them and never hesitated in slaughtering their woman and children despite the presence of England in Palestine and France in Syria . Therefore a dark fate awaits the Jews and other minorities in case the mandate is abolished and Muslim Syria is united with Muslim Palestine . The ultimate goal of the Muslim Arabs”

  • wargame1

    In 1936, six Alawi notables sent a memorandum to Leon Blum, head of France’s Popular Front governmen. Among those Six Alawite Notables One of the signatories to this document was Sulayman Al Assad a minor chief of the Kalbya Klan (Banu Kalb or Kalb tribe) the father of Bashar Al-Qaeda. The Memorandum includes the following points

    “**The Alawite people who have preserved their independence year after year with great zeal and sacrifice are different from the Sunni Muslims They were never subject to the authority of the cities of the interior

    **The Alawites refuse to be annexed to Muslim Syria because in Syria the official religion of the state is Islam and according to Islam the Alawites are considered infidels

    **The granting of Independence to Syria constitutes a good example of of the socialist principles in Syria. (but) as to the presence of a parliament and a constitutional government that does not represent individual freedom. This parliamentary rule is no more than a false appearance without any value. In truth it covers up a regime dominated by religious fanaticism against the minorities. Do French Leaders want the Muslims to have control over the Alawite people in order to throw them into misery?

    **We can sense today how the Muslims in Damascus force the Jews who live among them to sign a document pledging that they will not send provisions to their ill fated brethren in Palestine. The condition of the Jews in Palestine is the strongest and the most explicit evidence of the Islamic militancy of the Islamic issue vis a vis those who do not belong to Islam. These good Jews contributed to the Arabs with civilization and peace ,Scattered gold and established prosperity in Palestine without harming anyone or taking anything by force yet the Muslims declare Holy War against them and never hesitated in slaughtering their woman and children despite the presence of England in Palestine and France in Syria . Therefore a dark fate awaits the Jews and other minorities in case the mandate is abolished and Muslim Syria is united with Muslim Palestine . The ultimate goal of the Muslim Arabs”

  • libnan1

    Waoo that tell you how much weight the Great’s comments carry. I’m waiting for the UN security console to adopt a resolution on Aoun’s comments.

    • 5thDrawer

      Don’t expect me to ‘console’ them if they do …. ;-)

  • libnan1

    Waoo that tell you how much weight the Great’s comments carry. I’m waiting for the UN security console to adopt a resolution on Aoun’s comments.

    • 5thDrawer

      Don’t expect me to ‘console’ them if they do …. ;-)