Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah stressed Monday that liberating the nine Lebanese citizens who were kidnapped and held in Syria’s Aazaz for 17 months gives hope to the families of the rest Lebanese missing and kidnapped people that their day of freedom is near to come.
Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah During a speech he delivered on the 25th anniversary of Al-Rasoul Al-Aazam hospital in Shahed School of Beirut southern suburb, Sayyed Nasrallah underlined the Syrian situation militarily and politically and the Lebanese internal situation regarding the oil file and the security developments.
His eminence congratulated Aazaz liberated Lebanese thanking all those who contributed to their freedom and emphasizing that the two bishops, Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yazeji, must be freed, which represents a mutual concern between the Lebanese and the Syrian people.
“All the Lebanese who were kidnapped due to the events in Syria must be freed, including Hassan al-Miqdad, Samir Kassa and the residents of Maaroub town,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, stressing that someone should be delegated to follow-up on such affairs in order to know the responsible for the kidnapping and to “open the door for old files,” and calling the Lebanese judiciary to review the file to know reasons behind their kidnapping.
“If we are in a respectful state, humanitarian issues must be reviewed regardless any political aspects… Regarding the Indonesian boat (which sank last month) the Lebanon reclaimed its citizens… This is the school of Resistance which does not accept to keep prisoners and bodies of martyrs for its enemy,” His eminence noted, stating that there are more pending files with the Zionist enemy and the Syrian brother.
“As for the Israeli side, files regarding the missing Lebanese are still pending since the invasion and the occupation era, including Yahya Skaf. The Israeli army bears the responsibility of all those missing whether by Lebanese militia groups, Lahd army or Antony Haddad army,” Sayyed Nasrallah stated.
Hezbollah Secretary General also noted that “there are 17 thousand missing persons due to the Israeli occupation, including the four Iranian diplomats along with other people during the Lebanese war,” calling for “the formation of a serious framework and appointing of a certain party to follow-up on the matter.
“I’ve got a clear word from the Syrian government that aims at reaching a reasonable ending for those files. This issue requires solution at the end of the day,” he stressed, underlying the case of Imam Sayyed Musa al-Sadr with whom contact had been lost since he went to Libya in 1979.
“Another very serious file emerges … The case of the Imam of Resistance who lifted oppression on people. The case which has nothing to do with a family, sect or people. It is all about the dignity of the nation. It is a pure national case … We’ve sent letters to Iran urging to exert double efforts to bring Imam Sadr’s case to an end,” his eminence said, pointing out that Moussa Koussa, former Libyan foreign minister during Moammar Gaddafi’s era, and Abdulla al-Sanosi are wandering in the Arab capitals’ hotels while they both had worked for the Libyan intelligence and know the place of Imam Sadr.
“There is also another man whom the Libyan authorities must interrogate. He is found in the prison and they are hindering the matter.”
Domestically, Sayyed Nasrallah expressed beliefs that Syrian events are affecting everything in Lebanon, because a certain Lebanese party hindered matters on the basis of waiting the results in Syria and the fall of President Bashar al-Assad, and that there are people who do not want to rturn to Lebanon only via Damascus airport.
Lebanon: Al-Rasoul Al-Aazam Hospital”The Lebanese people become sick of hindering accusations, and they know – more than others – who is hindering the Parliament, the legislation, the dialogue, the caretaker cabinet sessions and the formation of a new government,” his eminence said.
On Syria, Sayyed Nasrallah noted that major development occurred during the last months, where the battlefield evolves in favor of the Syrian army, underlying the inability of armed groups to change the game rules, due to the international and Arab change of direction following opposition limitations to unify ranks and the failure of any possible military action on Syria.
“The whole world believes that there will be no military solution for Syria. The available and acceptable solution is the political one,” Sayyed Nasrallah stated, adding that “the available way for political option is through dialogue without precondition.
“Talks on Geneva II conference open horizons regardless conditions and details. Lebanon and all peoples of the region must push towards the political solution in Syria,” he said, indicating that there are regional countries very mad about what is going on in the region, “i.e. the Saudi Arabia, which is not secret, that attracted tens of thousands of fighters from across the world,” and provided them with $ 30 billion so far, along with weapons, incitement, mass media and other tools.
“They (the Saudis) did their best to topple Syria but they failed.”
“The region cannot keep ablaze just because there are angry countries. There is a state which wants to hinder the dialogue and to postpone Geneva II, but all those who oppose the political solution in Syria are drinking from the same well. Those who oppose the solution want more destruction in Syria, in the regional states and in Palestine,” his eminence highlighted.
Sayyed Nasrallah made it clear that stubbornly has no horizons at all, and catching the opportunity of dialogue is a chance for all other parties:
“All those whose hearts beat for the Syrian people must point their fingers at the party which hinders the political solution… It is the responsibility of the nation. Gulf Cooperation Council and the Arab League are calling for a political solution.”
Hezbollah Secretary General voiced beliefs that the local, regional and international front which worked on toppling the regime in Syria have failed.
Sayyed Nasrallah also called March 14 bloc and al-Mustaqbal party not to hinder the formation of the new Lebanese cabinet, warning that any delay will improve the situation of the other party, indicating that the chain of salaries, the oil file, the electoral draft law and the presidency of the Republic are all pending issues that must be solved.
“Your bets on Syria have failed,” he told March 14 figures, adding that everyone feels the country is disabled.
“March 14 believes that the solution is to form cabinet before going to dialogue, before the legislation and before other things. We’ve agreed upon the 9-9-6 formula but they haven’t. If they agreed, the country would be better, there would be room for dialogue, the parliament would return to tackle the people’s affairs, and all resolutions which do not need the approval of two thirds would pass. We can solve all other problems,” Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah stated.
“If there isn’t any possibility to form the cabinet, is it acceptable to disable the parliament for unconstitutional reasons?” he asked, pointing that the vast majority of the ministers agree on holding a cabinet session to review the oil file and the security events in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli, but there are heavy political pressure since caretaker prime minister Najib Mikati resigned.
“If only those for whom Mikati resigned respect him. They attack him every day,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, adding that there are two serious files that bear no delay.
Firstly, his eminence urged the government to tackle the oil file without preconditions, indicating that “the Israelis are working day and night while we cannot meet,” describing such obstacles as “failure to do our duties” regarding this matter.
Secondly, Sayyed Nasrallah called for handling the Lebanese security situation in general and Tripoli events in particular, stating that what is going on in the northern city is painful for everyone and what we really need is the political will and a definite decision that the Lebanese army and other security apparatuses to handle situation there.
“This is the solution. the only solution is to call on the Lebanese army and the state, not to call on the Al-Nusra Front and ISIL (the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Levant),” he stressed.
His eminence urged clerics in Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen neighborhoods in Tripoli to issue Fatwas that ban fighting and shooting at the army, noting that “state agencies know about the bombings and explosions, they know the locations of booby-trapped cars but didn’t move a finger.”
“Perpetrators shouldn’t have any political cover because every explosion is condemned and all the people are under risk,” he said.
Sayyed Nasrallah expressed hopes that a national humanitarian establishment to be created, indicating that not only the Christian presence is threatened, but entire peoples in the region as well.
“The entire region is moving towards more conflicts,” he said.
“Therefore, shall we act with the mentality that our country needs careful attention?” Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah ended up asking.