Prime Minister Saad Hariri held a lunch today in the "Center House" in honor of the Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian and a number of scholars and sheikhs, in the presence of former prime minister Tamam Salam, Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk and t...
Prime Minister Saad Hariri held a lunch today in the “Center House” in honor of the Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian and a number of scholars and sheikhs, in the presence of former prime minister Tamam Salam, Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk and the candidates on the Future is for Beirut list.
Hariri said: In the footsteps of Martyr Prime Minister Rafic Hariri in Koraytem residence, we meet today in the Center House. Much can be said about this meeting, and we may hear voices that accuse the Center House and the distinguished sheikhs of sectarian alignment on the eve of the parliamentary elections.
With all honesty I tell you: I will not listen to what can be said, and the Center House, whether they like it or not, is part of the national heritage of Rafic Hariri, and the status of the Sunni sheikhs in Beirut and all over Lebanon is firmly established in this house and its role in the Islamic arena.
If in our political positions we represent moderation and centrality in Islam, you are the base on which we depend on in upholding the values and concepts of true Islam and rejecting the calls to slide into the abyss of ignorance, radicalism and extremism.
If we call for coexistence as a basis to protect Lebanon and promote the culture of dialogue among the Lebanese, you are the ones who invite the Muslims to dialogue with the Christian brothers, and you form the bastion of coexistence between all the components of the Lebanese society.
You know very well that the Future Movement does not take sectarian steps, and it is open on all the spiritual leaders in Lebanon who nurture the values of common life among the Lebanese.
But the distinguished presence of the Islamic religious institution in our upbringing and behavior is an added value to our responsibilities to protect the country and continue the national path launched by Martyr Prime Minister Rafic Hariri.
This institution is concerned with the political and national affairs at this stage in the history of Lebanon, particularly in Beirut where there seems to be a deliberate plan to scatter the voices of its families so they serve the electoral interest of another list. Any other interpretation of the electoral process in Beirut is contrary to the truth and tries to build on illogical expectations.
My appeal to you today is a call for solidarity to protect the identity of Beirut and its national and political decision.
This requires inviting the people of Beirut to increase the vote percentage to the maximum, and prevent any attempt to control the capital and its representatives.
We are at an important turning point in the history of the country and the region, and our unity is fundamental to face the challenges, and the basis for the completion of the project to build Lebanon and protect it from the surrounding hurricanes.
The crimes against the Syrian people and the innocent children and civilians in Douma, Ghouta and others are heinous crimes by all standards. I am working day and night to prevent the Syrian fire from reaching Lebanon. I emphasize the commitment to the disassociation policy, in light of the ongoing international conflict and the military developments that resulted from the chemical massacres in Douma.
I know, just as you do, that some are trying to circumvent the rules of disassociation and are using the electoral and media platforms to attack the Arab brothers. This harms Lebanon’s interests and crosses the limits of national consensus in maintaining Lebanon’s relations with the Arab countries.
What we heard lately from one of the partisan electoral platforms is rejected, whether its attacks against the brotherly Arab countries or what relates to my positions warning against the dangers threatening Beirut’s Arabism and the attempts to control its political decision.
From the attacks on the Future movement stances to defend Beirut’s decision, to the attacks on the Arabs and half of the universe, we no longer know where they want to take Lebanon.
We chose to protect the country from the repercussions of the war and we are touring the world to save the Lebanese economy, while they returned to transforming Lebanon into a mailbox to send political and military messages on behalf of the regional powers.
It is not acceptable to turn Lebanon into a mailbox or an arena for the struggle of others on its territory. It is also not acceptable to outbid on our Arabism, as well as specify dimensions for this Arabism. In this regard, I tell everyone that Beirut’s Arabism does not need a certificate of good conduct from anyone. Beirut’s Arabism is real and genuine. It is not fake.
This pattern is unacceptable by the people of Beirut and most Lebanese, with whom we meet on the protection of common national values, push the risks away from Lebanon and regain the respect of the state and the institutions.
Cooperating with your Eminence in this respect is a pivotal issue and a goal that we seek at all times. I am fully confident in your wisdom, role and voice in serving Islam and the interests of Muslims in Lebanon.
Source: National News Agency