Jreige: Government fully supports the Army

JANUARY 26, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) Minister of Information, Ramzi Jreige, said on Monday during an interview with Tele-Liban, that the government fully supports the Lebanese army, which was victorious against armed groups in Ras Baalbek, stressing the importance of keeping “a vigilant attitude against terrorist groups.”

The Minister advised the media against being the mouthpiece for terrorists who resort to media wars.

“Freedom of expression is a sacred right, but under the law. The electronic sites folder will be discussed at the meeting scheduled for Wednesday by the National Audiovisual Council.”

Touching on the thorny issue of military hostages, Jreige described the dossier as shrouded with secrecy. He noted that Prime Minister Tammam Salam wanted this issue to stay away from controversy. The Minister revealed that a slow progress has been achieved despite the complications.

Shifting the focus to current dialogue between opposing political factions, Jreige stated that “ongoing dialogue sessions are satisfactory. They reduce tensions whatever their results may be. Participants can discuss important issues, namely, the presidential election, which is not limited only to Christians.”

“The delay in the election of a head of state is due to the boycott of some MPs who do not attend parliamentary sessions and to the obstinacy of certain political elements,” he insisted, urging “blocking parties to open the way for the election of a strong president.”

The Minister considered that what happened in Quneitra was a “violent attack that left behind Lebanese martyrs.” The Council of Ministers condemned the assault and stressed Lebanon’s commitment to international resolutions, including UN resolution 1701, praising the government’s position” despite antagonisms within it. ”

On a more regional note, Jreige asserted that “the policy of Saudi Arabia towards Lebanon remains the same following the death of King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz and the coronation of his successor, King Salman.”