Lebanon

Round Up: Sayyed Nasrallah Stresses Need for Dialogue, Electoral Debate in Gov’t

No doubt, Lebanon is in the mid of the regional storm.

However, the resistance’s compass and arms remain directed to the enemy, “Israel”. This comes as some Lebanese parties have lost the map as their bets remain on Syria. Amid all this, the visit of the Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Council Saeed Jalili was politically significant.

Meanwhile, the domestic arena remains loaded with titles that start with the electoral law and doesn’t end with the issue of Lebanese hostages in Syria.
Sayyed Nasrallah’s Quiet Messages: No Alternative for Unconditional Dialogue
In this context, the Secretary General of Hizbullah His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah reassured all those who say that the resistance arms would prevent the coming elections. “The 2005 elections were held in the presence of arms.”
“Moreover, March 14 won the majority and the 2009 elections and the recent Koura by-election were also held amid the presence of arms,” His Eminence recalled.

Sayyed Nasrallah addressed those who doubt the resistance’s efficiency by asking: “against a backdrop of regional events, have we come to a time when we can make do without the Resistance? And what is the alternative deterrent that would reassure the Lebanese people and deter the “Israeli” enemy?”

“As-Safir” Lebanese daily commented on Sayyed Nasrallah’s speech by saying: “as the Lebanese state was busy welcoming the Iranian official who announced the goal of his visit i.e.” to strengthen the coalition of defiance”, the Secretary General of Hizbullah Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, delivered a quiet political speech that opens doors of debate on the defense strategy.”

“Ten days from the new round of National Dialogue, Sayyed Nasrallah sent messages to the partners in the country about the importance of unconditional dialogue,” the paper said.

It further highlighted that His Eminence iterated “that the alternative to this dialogue is chaos that they want to spread in the region.”
Gov’t to Adopt Electoral Law, Escalation in Hostages Issue
On the same electoral level, the government is scheduled to convene Tuesday to vote on the new electoral law.

Ministerial sources predicted to “as-Safir” that “ministerial debates to be held in Beiteddine Presidential Palace will be harsh as “National Struggle Front” Ministers will oppose proportionality.”
In parallel, Head of NSF MP Walid Jumblatt visited Monday the Presidential Palace as the Council of Ministers meeting as participants debated the size of electoral constituencies, and delayed the possibility of a final decision on the matter until Tuesday.

Minister of Social Affairs Wael Abu Faour stressed that “despite our conviction that proportionality will gain a ministerial majority, this isn’t the end.”
In remarks to “as-Safir”, Abu Faour stated that “this issue will move into a political guillotine in the Parliament.”

Meanwhile, the families of 11 Lebanese hostages kidnapped by Syrian rebels escalated their action by holding an open-ended sit-in “to protest the state’s negligence toward efforts to secure the release of their sons.”
Earlier, some of the abducted men phoned their families and slammed the Lebanese state negligence to their issue.

Connelly’s Blatant Meddling

On another level, “al-Akhbar” daily shed light on continuous US Ambassador Maura Connelly blatant interference in Lebanese internal sources.
Prominent sources in “March 14” unveiled to the daily that “recent meetings between Connelly and politicians from the opposition camp have shown that the US has changed its perception of the Lebanon government.”

“This also applies to the British Ambassador in Beirut Tom Fletcher, “the sources said and pointed out that “Connelly informed “March 14” leaders that the investigation into the Bulgaria bombing that targeted “Israelis” showed signs that allow us to suspect Hizbullah’s involvement.”

“There is no use to the government’s continuance because it contains elements that practice acts of terrorism,” sources quoted Connelly as claiming.
They also told “al-Akhbar” that “the British ambassador to Lebanon shared the same opinion.”

Jalili’s Significant Visit

Regarding the visit of Iranian top official to Lebanon, the same daily clarified that “Jalili’s visit to Beirut is significant in timing.”
From Tehran, Iranian sources stressed to the daily that ” there is in particular importance to the visit which extends to what was expressed by Iranian officials.”
” Jalili directly represents the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution [His Eminence Imam] Ali Khamenei. He does not represent any party or movement or suite,” the sources emphasized.

They further revealed that ” Jalili’s visit aims to discuss the national security, in light of threats that the Arab, Islamic and regional security faces.”
“It’s certainly not just a bilateral visit. Jalili will set points on the characters , as he is the man of delicate missions.”

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