Sleiman backs any negotiation that preserves military institution’s dignity

JANUARY 23, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON)Former president Michel Sleiman on Friday renewed support for any proposal that would save the lives of the kidnapped servicemen in a way that preserves the dignity of the Lebanese army.

“The affair of the military hostages is a national one par excellence and does not bear any media outbids,” the former president said during his meeting with the families of the military hostages today.

“The word ‘trade’ is not the correct term. There are ongoing negotiations carried out by the crisis cell tasked by the government and which I fully trust,” he added, suggesting that the government, in absence of the president of the republic, could issue amnesty. “I believe that the members of the government are concerned with the security and the fate of the hostages as well as with the safety and security of the military institution.”

Separately, Sleiman met today with Azzam al-Ahmad from Fatah Movement. The pair discussed the Lebanese-Palestinian relations and the situation inside the Palestinian refugees’ camps.

In another development, Sleiman considered that the departure of Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz constituted a “big loss” for Lebanon and the Arabs, praising his role in activating dialogue among religions and fighting terrorism.

SOURCE: National News Agency- Lebanon