Hariri meets Arab ambassadors: counterterrorism strategies can only be implemented by Army, security forces

FEBRUARY 19, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Thursday evening received Arab ambassadors to Lebanon, led by the Moroccan diplomat Ali Oumlil, in the presence of Ambassadors of Qatar, Jordan, Algeria, Sudan, Tunisia, Egypt, Kuwait and Palestine.

The former Prime Minister welcomed his guests and tackled with them the situation in Lebanon and the region.

“As you know there is a relative security stability in Lebanon today, and we have done what we can over the years to establish this security and to keep Lebanon aloof from the Syrian flames, but the ongoing war in Syria and the interference in its domestic affairs expose Lebanon to many challenges and risks which keep growing with the expanding phenomenon of terrorism which poses a challenge to the Arabs and Muslims as well as to the international community,” Hariri said.

“We have initiated dialogue with Hezbollah to vent Sunni-Shiite tension and to mitigate the consequences of the participation of Hezbollah in the war in Syria. We hope this dialogue would be productive to be able to delve into the issue of the presidential election,” he continued.

The Future Movement leader tackled the national strategy to combat terrorism and said “any counter-terrorism strategy is only to be implemented by the Lebanese Army and the legitimate security and military forces which are assuming full responsibility across Lebanon. The right way to put a national strategy into serious implementation starts with the election of a President Republic as soon as possible.”

Hariri praised the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its donations to Lebanon and to its military institution and security forces to enable them to face the challenges and combat terrorism.

The former Prime Minister also discussed the continuous Israeli risk and threats against Lebanon and its sovereignty, calling for Arab solidarity in the face of these threats.

He also displayed the repercussions of “the Iranian interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries, especially in Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.”

On a different note, Hariri met with Health Minister Wael Abu Faour with talks touching on the current political developments.