Aoun: I will always side with Hezbollah


Free patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun told Al-Entikad website on Monday said that his relation with Hezbollah is permanent and is based on convictions, adding that he will always side with the resistance because it is a sacred choice.

Aoun who has allied himself with Hezbollah since 2006 said the resistance is needed because of Israeli threats .

“The existence of the Resistance is a national necessity due to the Israeli permanent threat to Lebanon,” he said

Aoun said that Lebanon needs a defense strategy based on the people-army-resistance formula, adding that “the resistance is our only choice.”

The controversial formula he is talking about was included in the outgoing cabinet policy statement but March 14 leaders strongly oppose it because of Hezbollah’s non-state weapons that were used domestically for political gain.

Aoun added that the formation of a cabinet in Lebanon will solve the issue of the Lebanese refugees in Israel.

He did not elaborate on this issue

Commenting on the special Tribunal for Lebanon STL , he said

“We can void the Special Tribunal for Lebanon legally,” adding that he advised UN Secretary General Ban Ki Mon about the necessity of ratifying the STL treaty in the parliament and according to the Lebanese constitution.

The Iranian and Syrian backed Hezbollah brought down PM Saad Hariri’s government on January 12 over STL’s imminent indictment which is widely expected to implicate Hezbollah members in the assassination of the Hariri’s father.

Lebanon has been run by a caretaker government since last January. Nagib Mikati was appointed in January as the PM designate with the backing of the Hezbollah led-March 8 alliance, MPs Walid Jumblatt and Mohammad Safadi . March 14 leaders have repeatedly said that intimidation from Hezbollah’s weapons helped secure the parliamentary majority for Mikati’s nomination.