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Officials hail Sayyed Nasrallah’s ‘positive, consensual’ Ashura speech


Lebanese officials have welcomed Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s speech amid hopes that it would lead to dialogue among the country’s rival parties.
Publish date : Wednesday 5 November 2014 12:13Code: 173126

Officials hail Nasrallah
“The country needs positive rhetoric more than any other time and this is what I saw in Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s” speech, Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat told As Safir daily published on Tuesday.

The Hizbullah secretary-general sent “positive signs, which I hope would lead to constructive dialogue to protect Lebanon,” said Jumblat.

During a speech marking the tenth night of Ashura in Beirut’s southern suburbs on Monday, Nasrallah lauded al-Mustaqbal movement’s stance on the recent deadly clashes between the army and Islamist gunmen in the northern city of Tripoli and nearby areas.

He said the national stances of al-Mustaqbal and Sunni leaders spared Lebanon “a big disaster.”

“We might have very different viewpoints on the regional affairs and things might reach the extent of rivalry and animosity, but our morals oblige us to take the right and patriotic stance and to thank them and appreciate them despite our differences,” added Nasrallah, expressing willingness to engage in “dialogue” with al-Mustaqbal.

He also announced for the first time that Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun is Hizbullah’s presidential candidate.

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