Hariri says won’t spare any effort to release kidnapped servicemen

FEBRUARY 23, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) Former Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, on Monday welcomed at Bayt-al-Wasat a delegation of the families of the military hostages, in presence of lawmaker Ziad Qaderi.

Hariri reportedly uttered full solidarity with the relatives, indicating that since the beginning, he had given full attention to the issue of the kidnapped servicemen and that he was following up on the efforts exerted by the Lebanese government and the concerned official sides in that respect.

“Prime Minister Tammam Salam and the ad-hoc ministerial crisis cell are following up on contacts and ongoing negotiations with the kidnappers. We do back this procedure and we stress on the necessity that the state alone carries out the negotiations,” Hariri said.

He also underlined that this issue was a national humanitarian one, confirming that he shall spare no effort in their release in the nearest time possible.

The former Prime Minister also met today with MP Henri Helo and former Deputy Antoine Andrawos.

“This meeting comes within the frame of visits I am conducting as a presidential candidate,” Helo said, hailing the moderate role played by Hariri.

Head of the Higher Judicial Council, Judge Jean Fahed, and MEA Chairman, Mohamamd Hout, had also been to Bayt-al-Wasat today.

Hariri later received former president Amine Gemayel, accompanied by MP Sami Gemayel.

Talks touched on the current general situation in the country.

He also met with a delegation of the Democratic Renewal Movement, headed by former lawmaker Camille Ziade.

SOURCE: National News Agency- Lebanon