Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri chaired this afternoon at the Center House the meeting of the Future parliamentary bloc.
At the end of the meeting, the bloc issued a statement, read by MP Samir Jisr: “First the Future Parliamentary Bloc has chosen to abide by the national interest in its stances regarding the formation of the government. It avoided the political strife and the campaigns that filled the media outlets and the social media sites during the last months, in line with the approach chosen by Premier Saad Hariri to prioritize political, security and economic stability over the partisan and sectarian priorities and the ongoing race for ministerial quotas.
However, some legal stances that mentioned the possibility that Prime Minister-designate Hariri could apologize from forming the government, or about instructing parliament to take a decision in this respect, led the bloc to warn against non-innocent calls, in which it sees a violation of the provisions of the Constitution, of the Taef Accord spirit and of national entente.
The bloc also noticed that there is exaggeration in holding the Prime Minister-designate responsible of the delay in forming the government, and hiding the real causes of the crisis, through a language that brings back the atmosphere of division, disruption and ugly sectarianism.
The bloc warns against a rhetoric that is contrary to the effects of the settlement that revived the role of the constitutional institutions and put an end to a vacancy that lasted more than two years in the Presidency.
The bloc stresses that cooperation between President Michel Aoun and Premier Saad Hariri was not a political holiday that ends with this event or any other one, but a project to protect the country, achieve solidarity in the face of external challenges, launch the economic and development plan and fight the causes of corruption in the state institutions.
The bloc calls for an end to the methods of sabotaging the presidential relations, and stresses the importance of fortifying the political settlement that led to many solutions, not only the election of the President and the formation of the new government, and contributed to achieve civil reconciliation between two environments. It would be a serious mistake to bring them back to the time of sectarian and partisan division.
Second The bloc regrets the insistence of some political parties to violate the rules of disassociation, which was consecrated by the unanimous decision of the parties participating in the government. The bloc considered that receiving Houthi leaders in Beirut and the policy of attacking Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, go against national consensus and threaten the direct interests of Lebanon and the Lebanese.
The bloc commends the recent position of the President about respecting the disassociation and Lebanon’s fraternal relations with the brotherly countries. It also affirms its refusal of Lebanon being dragged into the politics of regional axes and used as a political and media platform to strike its Arab relations and serve projects that fuel civil strife in the region.
Third On the fifth commemoration of the bombing of Al-taqwa and Al-salam mosques, the bloc renews its solidarity with the people of Tripoli and the north, especially with the families of the martyrs and victims who fell in these two terrorist attacks.
The bloc confirms that the killers will not escape punishment, because the path of justice has started and the hearings of the public trial before the judicial council continue and will uncover the extent of the involvement of the Syrian regime in these two terrorist crimes.
The judicial investigator in the bombing of the two mosques explicitly accused two Syrian intelligence officers of planning, instigating and executing the two bombings. The concerned authorities must work through all legal channels to arrest these officers, as well as other people implicated in the case of Michel Samaha. All those who are proud of their relation with the Syrian regime should consider the handover of the killers to the Lebanese courts a priority, instead of rushing in all directions to normalize relations with this regime and disculpating it from the blood on the Lebanese and Syrians.
Fourth The bloc renews its trust in the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and the trial of those accused of the assassination of martyr Prime Minister Rafic Hariri and his fellow martyrs. It is following up with the majority of the Lebanese the results reached by the court so far, and awaits the proceedings of the meetings scheduled to submit the final pleadings and, accordingly, the issuance of final judgments in the first half of next year.
In this regard, the bloc considers that achieving justice in the assassination of martyr Prime Minister is an issue that does not accept any form of retreat or extortion and is not subject to any threat of intimidation.
The blood of Rafic Hariri and his comrades, and the blood of all the martyrs of the Cedar revolution, fell to protect Lebanon and save it from the tyranny of subordination and tutelage, and under no circumstances will it become a bridge over which discord will once again return to Lebanon.”
Source: National News Agency