Hariri calls for president to be elected to ensure Lebanon stability


Hariri march 14 leadersFormer  Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, back in Lebanon after over three years in self-imposed exile, on Friday called on lawmakers to elect a president to help ensure the stability of the country.

“Electing the president is everyone’s responsibility. It is not true that it is a responsibility borne by Saad al-Hairi alone,” Hariri told a meeting of officials from his political bloc, according to remarks published by his office in Arabic. It was his first detailed statement since returning.

Hariri criticized Shi’ite movement Hezbollah’s military intervention in Syria, saying it would “only bring harm to Lebanon”  and”  the biggest harm was done to the Shiite sect through the wave of explosions that hit Dahiyeh, the South, and the Beqaa.” but added that if Hezbollah had made mistakes it did not mean that “we respond to them with similar mistakes.”

Describing the series of suicide and car bombings as a reaction to the party’s role in Syria, Hariri said: “ Hezbollah has severely harmed intra-Muslim ties and placed the Army and security forces at risk of attacks from terrorist groups.”

“We saw how the Army is paying a hefty price as a result of Hezbollah’s insistence on imposing a status quo none of the Lebanese agreed to.”

“It is on this basis that I began meetings today with PM  Tammam Salam and security and military leaders… because the danger of terrorism is serious and crucial, and any lenience in fighting this danger could cause enough strife to end Lebanon.”

Regarding the Saudi grant  of one Billion US dollars to the Lebanese Armed Forces, Hariri underscored that “the main purpose of this grant is to support the army, security forces, and the state.”

Meeting of    March 14 leaders , Friday, August 08, 2014
Meeting of March 14 leaders , Friday, August 08, 2014

“Primarily  it is to contribute to stabilizing Lebanon and helping it fight all attempts to vandalize coexistence among Lebanese.”

Asked  earlier today  by journalists whether he had received guarantees for his safety, Hariri  said: “God protects us all.”





4 responses to “Hariri calls for president to be elected to ensure Lebanon stability”

  1. William Petro Avatar
    William Petro


    1. The real lebanese Avatar
      The real lebanese

      Only you….

      A president doesnt suit you political desires?

  2. Fauzia45 Avatar

    Those who accuse and attack will continue to do so ,so let s hope for the best to bring back security and stability ,coexistence and tolerance and moderation!!Your calls will be heard by those who believe in this !!!

  3. 5thDrawer Avatar

    March 14 alliance reiterated its call for the deployment of Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) , assisted by UNIFIL peacekeepers along the border with Syria. …. Another article I can’t comment in … But an ‘allowed’ use of the peacekeepers, written into the agreement, who only have to figure out how spread themselves thin enough and still be able to function. A good idea by the Army, as it also backs them up with some accurate reporting to the UN – even if everyone at the UN doesn’t like to hear it.

    Hariri is having a little ‘Deja Vu’ I suppose … been at the Baabda dinner table before. Been bounced before. Maybe after 3 years seeing how the rest of the world works, or doesn’t depending on where one scubs-dives, they could all listen to him and work together for the ONE together country. If they don’t there really can’t be blame laid anywhere else. It’s the same crowd.

    Assuming (without laughter) they can all agree on how to make the damn place function, and begin that task, then as perennially glorious leaders they will NEED to explain it to ALL the people and back it up by making it apply to everyone. With no exceptions.

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