Politicians Gaby Issa - Lebanon ambassador to the US

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تسريب محضر اجتماع واشنطن خطيئة وطنية وجرم يُحاكَم عليه
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المركزية- في دوامة التكهنات حول الجهة التي سرّبت محضر الاجتماع الذي جمع نائب رئيس الحكومة غسان حاصباني بنائب وزير الخزانة الأميركي مارشال بيلنغسليا واسباب غياب وزارة الخارجية عن واجهة القضية لجهة اصدار بيان توضيحي او شرح ملابسات ما جرى كونه يمسّها مباشرة ، تدور التساؤلات والاستفسارات من اهل السياسة كما من المواطنين العاديين الذين يفقدون الثقة مع كل حادثة من هذا النوع بدولتهم والقيّمين عليها.
فالانعكاسات البالغة السلبية التي نجمت عن تسريب المحضر والتي لا تصب الا في مصلحة من لا يريدون الخير للدولة ومن يسعون الى نسف التوافق السياسي الكفيل بدفع عجلة البلاد قدماً، أحدثت هزة سياسية جعلت الكثيرين يتساءلون عن ابعادها وعن دور وزارة الخارجية في هذا المجال خصوصا انها لم تُصدر اي بيان لتضع الرأي العام في حقيقة ما جرى للتثبت من مصادر التسريب وهل كانت من قلب وزارة الخارجية سواء من مكتب الوزير جبران باسيل او من الأمانة العامة للوزارة او الدوائر الإقتصادية والدبلوماسية الأخرى.
الا ان مصادر معنية بالقضية جزمت لـ"المركزية" ان التسريب لم يكن من جهة الوزير حكماً ولا من اي جهة لصيقة به او بمكتبه، كاشفة انه اوعز فور نشر المحضر بفتح تحقيق داخلي في شأن الجهة المُسربة لاتخاذ الاجراءات المناسبة في ضوء النتيجة. واوضحت ان باسيل يفضل معالجة الشؤون الداخلية لوزارته بعيدا من الضوضاء الاعلامية، فالمهم اكل العنب لا قتل الناطور، وجلّ ما يسعى اليه هو محاسبة من ارتكب هذا الفعل الذي يمسّ بسمعة الوزارة كما بالدولة اللبنانية، وهذا خط أحمر لا يجوز لاي موظف مهما علا شأنه تجاوزه.
وفيما تعذر الاتصال بالامانة العامة لوزارة الخارجية لاستيضاح الموقف، اعتبر سفير لبنان في واشنطن غبريال عيسى ان كل ما اثير عن تسريب وثائق سرية بلغ حدّ تسميتها بـ "واشنطن ليكس"، لا يعدو كونه محاضر ليست خفية عن الجانبين. ورأى ان هذه المحاضر هي ملك للدولة اللبنانية حصراً ولا يجوز نشرها أو حتى الاطّلاع عليها إلا لمن هو مخوّل من الدولة، وإذا سرّبها أو أفشى بها موظف أو مسؤول مؤتمن عليها بحكم وظيفته فإنه يرتكب جرماً، وكل شخص غير مخوّل يسعى الى الحصول عليها يرتكب جرماً يرتقي الى مرتبة التجسس على الدولة وخرق أمنها القومي. وإن حصل عليها ونشرها دون سعيه ولم يبلغ السلطات المختصة ويعيدها إليها فهو يرتكب جرماً أيضاً.
وكان السفير عيسى أبدى في منشور على صفحته على "فايسبوك" ملاحظات في الشكل على قيام احدى الصحف بتسريب المحضر، فاعتبر ان كل هذه اللقاءات تم الإعلان عنها سابقاً بالكتابات والصور وهي لقاءات رسمية عادية تحصل دائماً بين مسؤولي كل الدول وتمت بعلم وإذن من الدولة اللبنانية. وتوجه الى الصحيفة بالقول:" لا من مستور كشفتموه وكل ما كتبتم عن برقيات وتقارير سرّية هي ببساطة "محاضر" تُكتب أثناء الجلسات أمام وبعلم جميع المجتمعين وهو إجراء عادي يُتبع في جميع الإجتماعات الرسمية والهدف منه توثيق ما تم تداوله في الإجتماع لإطلاع الإدارات والمؤسسات المعنية عليه والعودة إليها مستقبلاً اذا دعت الحاجة. وتابع انه لم يتم اكتشاف اي امر عبر هذا المحضر"، قائلا:" ما من خفايا كشفتموها".
وفي رد على ما اشيع حول محاولة الاساءة لصورة حزب القوات اللبنانية من خلال التسريب قال عيسى: بالرغم من وجود أعضاء من مختلف التوجّهات السياسية في الوفود لم يتكلم أحد بمنطق حزبه أو تياره بل بلسان الدولة والحكومة مجتمعة وتداولوا جميعاً بمسائل وطنية جامعة مدافعين عن جميع اللبنانيين ومصالحهم، وأي إيحاء خلاف ذلك هو تحريض رخيص. أما موقف الإدارة الأميركية والدولة اللبنانية من هذه المسائل فمعروف ومعلن
 
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  • Mistletos

    Mistletos

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    What did the ma7ader say?
    Also the ambassador slammed the “journalist” on Facebook....
     
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    Hooksy

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    What did the ma7ader say?
    Also the ambassador slammed the “journalist” on Facebook....
    The American host described HA as cancer, and bou 3asi replied that there are a few method to combat/treat cancer.. chemo therapy for instance
     
    Mistletos

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    The American host described HA as cancer, and bou 3asi replied that there are a few method to combat/treat cancer.. chemo therapy for instance
    Oh wow... no wonder they are up in arms lol
     
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    freelebanonn

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    What did the ma7ader say?
    Also the ambassador slammed the “journalist” on Facebook....
     
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    freelebanonn

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    What did the ma7ader say?
    Also the ambassador slammed the “journalist” on Facebook....
     
    HannaTheCrusader

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    The American host described HA as cancer, and bou 3asi replied that there are a few method to combat/treat cancer.. chemo therapy for instance

    he was taking after berri
    same thing happened with berri and filtman

    why the uproar from either sides
    all parties positions are knwn and clear
     
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    freelebanonn

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    @JustLeb you were asking about the minutes of meetings that were leaked.


     
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    joseph_lubnan

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    I don't feel like opening a thread so I am posting this here so this valiant forum can discuss some recent news.

    Treasury Targets Iranian-Backed Hizballah Officials for Exploiting Lebanon’s Political and Financial System | U.S. Department of the Treasury

    Treasury Targets Iranian-Backed Hizballah Officials for Exploiting Lebanon’s Political and Financial System
    July 9, 2019

    Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated key Hizballah political and security figures leveraging their privileged positions to facilitate Hizballah’s malign agenda and do Iran’s bidding. Specifically, OFAC designated Hizballah Members of Parliament Amin Sherri and Muhammad Hasan Ra’d, and Hizballah security official Wafiq Safa, for acting for or on behalf of Hizballah. These individuals were designated under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism.
    “Hizballah uses its operatives in Lebanon’s parliament to manipulate institutions in support of the terrorist group’s financial and security interests, and to bolster Iran’s malign activities” said Sigal Mandelker, Treasury’s Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. “Hizballah threatens the economic stability and security of Lebanon and the wider region, all at a cost to the Lebanese people. The United States will continue to support efforts of the Lebanese government to protect its institutions from exploitation by Iran and its terrorist proxies, and to secure a more peaceful and prosperous future for Lebanon.”
    This action highlights how Hizballah uses its political power to corrupt and exploit Lebanon’s financial and security elements, taking advantage of the country’s democratic system and values. Today’s designations also underscore that there is no distinction between Hizballah’s political and violent activities. Hizballah itself makes no distinction between its military and political wings, as Hizballah’s own leaders have acknowledged publicly, including Muhammad Hasan Ra’d, who said in 2001, “Hizballah is a military resistance party…. There is no separation between politics and resistance.”
    Amin Sherri and Muhammad Hasan Ra’d are Hizballah members of the Lebanese Parliament. As a Hizballah Member of Parliament, Sherri exploits his political office to advance Hizballah's objectives, which often run counter to the benefit of the Lebanese people and government. His efforts to threaten Lebanese financial institutions on behalf of Hizballah, as noted below, demonstrate the extreme steps he takes to advocate for Hizballah’s agenda of intimidation and violence, at the cost of a legitimate sector that is the backbone of the Lebanese economy. Sherri’s behavior threatening bank employees and their family members is unacceptable for a Member of Parliament whose office should advance the interests of the Lebanese people.
    Ra'd is both a Member of Parliament and a member of Hizballah’s Shura Council, which directs Hizballah units to carry out overseas military and terrorist attacks. As Hizballah's “highest command,” the Shura Council is responsible for deciding religious and strategic matters, and has overall administrative, planning, and policy-making powers. Rather than advocating for political decisions that would address the economic plight of the communities he represents, he continues to prioritize Hizballah’s activities and hold Lebanon’s prosperity hostage. The designation of Ra’d who heads Hizballah’s Parliamentary Council, one of the Shura Council’s five subordinate councils, builds upon previous actions targeting Hizballah’s Shura Council.[1]
    The third individual designated today, Wafiq Safa, serves as a Hizballah interlocutor to the Lebanese security forces. As the head of Hizballah's security apparatus, which is directly linked to Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah, Safa has exploited Lebanon's ports and border crossings to smuggle contraband and facilitate travel on behalf of Hizballah, undermining the security and safety of the Lebanese people, while also draining valuable import duties and revenue away from the Lebanese government.
    Hizballah was designated by the Department of State as a Foreign Terrorist Organization in October 1997 and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) pursuant to E.O. 13224 in October 2001. It was listed in January 1995 in the Annex to E.O. 12947, which targets terrorists who threaten to disrupt the Middle East peace process, and also designated in August 2012 pursuant to E.O. 13582, which targets the Government of Syria and its supporters.

    AMIN SHERRI
    Amin Sherri (Sherri) was designated for acting for or on behalf of Hizballah.
    As a Hizballah Member of Parliament, Sherri serves as an interlocutor for Hizballah's interests within the Lebanese community and has used the weight of his representative role within Hizballah to influence decision making and pressure financial institutions to assist Hizballah in limiting the impact of U.S. sanctions. For example, Sherri, on behalf of Hizballah, threatened Lebanese bank officials and their family members after the bank froze the accounts of U.S.-designated Hizballah member, whom OFAC designated as an SDGT for assisting in, sponsoring, or providing financial, material, or technological support for, or financial or other services to or in support of, Hizballah.
    Sherri’s illicit activities are also apparent in his extensive ties to other Hizballah associates and financiers. Sherri has maintained a close relationship with Adham Tabaja, a Hizballah financier, whom OFAC designated as an SDGT in June 2015 for providing support and services to Hizballah. Sherri and Tabaja have continued to do business together despite the latter’s designation. Sherri and Tabaja, among others, founded and were involved in a Lebanon-based company. Sherri also facilitated Tabaja's access to Lebanese banks and was directed by Hizballah Secretary General Nasrallah to settle issues related to his designation.
    Underscoring the lack of distinction between Hizballah’s political and military activities, Sherri also appears publically with Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) Commander Qasem Soleimani, whom OFAC designated in October 2011, for acting for or on behalf of the IRGC-QF (see photo below).

    Photo of Qasem Soleimani (left) and Amin Sherri (right)

    MUHAMMAD HASAN RA’D
    Muhammad Hasan Ra’d (Ra’d) was designated for acting for or on behalf of Hizballah.
    Ra'd was elected to Hizballah’s Shura Council in 2009 and is part of Hizballah Secretary General Nasrallah's inner circle. Ra’d also is the head of Hizballah’s Parliamentary Council, which consists of Hizballah Members of Parliament, and oversees how the Loyalty to the Resistance Bloc operates. Additionally, this council ensures that parliamentary representatives, such as Ra’d and Sherri, carry out Shura Council decisions and policies, and conform to the party’s agenda.
    Ra’d also has ties to Hizballah associates and financiers. In 2017, Ra’d met with Hizballah businessmen Adham Tabaja and Husayn Ali Fa'ur to ensure Hizballah's funding mechanisms would remain open despite sanctions. OFAC designated Husayn Ali Fa’ur as an SDGT in June 2015 for providing support and services to Hizballah. Additionally, Ra'd and Wafiq Safa maintained a list of a hundred Hizballah members who were to acquire foreign citizenship. With these passports, these individuals would be sent by Hizballah on long-term missions to Arab and Western countries.

    Photo of Muhammad Hasan Ra’d

    WAFIQ SAFA
    Wafiq Safa (Safa) was designated for acting for or on behalf of Hizballah.
    Safa is in charge of Hizballah's Liaison and Coordination Unit and is responsible for Hizballah’s coordination with the international community and with Lebanese security agencies. Safa was appointed by Hizballah Secretary General Nasrallah in 1987 as the head of the Security Committee, which was later renamed the Liaison and Coordination Unit. As one of Hizballah's prominent leaders, Safa is a part of Hizballah Secretary General Nasrallah's inner circle.
    As the head of Hizballah's security apparatus, Safa has exploited Lebanon's ports and border crossings to smuggle contraband and facilitate travel on behalf of Hizballah. For example, Hizballah leveraged Safa to facilitate the passage of items, including illegal drugs and weapons, into the port of Beirut, Lebanon. Hizballah specifically routed certain shipments through Safa to avoid scrutiny. Additionally, as of 2018, Hizballah facilitated favors at the Beirut airport. Safa also facilitated travel for Hizballah associates through a border crossing.
    Safa also has ties to Hizballah associates and financiers. Safa maintained a close relationship with Hizballah financier Adham Tabaja. Additionally, Safa and Ra'd maintained a list of a hundred Hizballah members who were to acquire foreign citizenship. With these passports, these individuals would be sent by Hizballah on long-term missions to Arab and Western countries.
    In 2010, there were internal Hizballah accusations of corruption involving Safa; however, Hizballah has since continued to allow him to maintain a prominent role in the organization. Safa was accused of smuggling, other crimes, and immoral behavior.

    Photo of Wafiq Safa

    SANCTIONS IMPLICATIONS
    The Treasury Department continues to prioritize disruption of the full range of Hizballah’s illicit financial activity, and with this action has designated 50 Hizballah-affiliated individuals and entities since 2017.
    As a result of today’s action, all property and interests in property of these targets that are in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons must be blocked and reported to OFAC. OFAC’s regulations generally prohibit all dealings by U.S. persons or within the United States (including transactions transiting the United States) that involve any property or interests in property of blocked or designated persons. In addition, persons that engage in certain transactions with the individuals and entities designated today may themselves be exposed to sanctions or subject to an enforcement action.
    Furthermore, the three individuals designated today are subject to secondary sanctions pursuant to the Hizballah Financial Sanctions Regulations, which implements the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015, as amended by the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act of 2018. Pursuant to this authority, OFAC can prohibit or impose strict conditions on the opening or maintaining in the United States of a correspondent account or a payable-through account by a foreign financial institution that knowingly facilitates a significant transaction for Hizballah, or a person acting on behalf of or at the direction of, or owned or controlled by, Hizballah.
    View identifying information related to today’s action here.
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    [1] On May 16, 2018, the United States, in partnership with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the co-chair of the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC), and the other TFTC member states – the Kingdom of Bahrain, the State of Kuwait, the Sultanate of Oman, the State of Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates – designated members of Hizballah’s Shura Council. Specifically, on that day, OFAC, together with Gulf partners, designated Hasan Nasrallah, the Secretary General of Hizballah. OFAC and the TFTC nations further designated Naim Qasim, Muhammad Yazbak, Husayn Al- Khalil, and Ibrahim al-Amin al-Sayyid pursuant to E.O. 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism. OFAC previously designated Hizballah Secretary General Nasrallah pursuant to E.O. 12947, “Prohibiting Transactions with Terrorists Who Threaten to Disrupt the Middle East Peace Process,” on January 23, 1995 and pursuant to E.O. 13582, “Blocking Property of the Government of Syria and Prohibiting Certain Transactions with Respect to Syria,” on September 13, 2012.
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    Michel Aoun Testimony, House Subcomittee on International Relations, by Général Michel Aoun

    TESTIMONY OF PRIME MINISTER GENERAL MICHEL AOUNHOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONALRELATIONS18 Sep 03 Prime Minister General Miche

    Michel Aoun Testimony, House Subcommittee on International Relations
    September, 2003

    Madame Chairwoman. Honorable Members,

    It is an honor for me to bring you the voice of the Lebanese people; a people longing for freedom and suffering under occupation. I have come here today to convey their gratitude for your initiative in introducing the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act, and to urge the immediate passage of this bill into law. This piece of prospective legislation is crucial, as it establishes for the first time a clear United States policy regarding Syria’s occupation of Lebanon.

    For twenty-seven years, the Syrian Regime has played the role of both arsonist and firefighter. Syria starts fires in order to give itself a pretext to extinguish them and thus justify its continuing occupation of Lebanon. And any Lebanese who dares to expose or resist Syria’s hegemony is simply eliminated. Syria’s occupation of Lebanon has been detrimental and costly to both American and Lebanese interests in five major ways.

    Impact of Syrian Occupation of Lebanon

    First, Syria’s hegemony over Lebanon has turned the country into a fertile ground and safe haven for terrorism. In the 1970s and 1980s, Lebanon was the first victim of Syrian terrorism. And this was one of the main reasons in 1978 to list Syria as the first terrorist country on the US Department of State list of terrorist states. Back then, Hizballah and Hamas did not even exist.

    One cannot rationally dissociate the Syrian regime from terrorism. Syria provides safe haven for a myriad of terrorist organizations, directs their operations, and uses occupied Lebanon as their main field of training and operation.
    Like an organized crime syndicate which uses fear, intimidation, and violence as instruments of pressure to buy silence from otherwise good and honorable people, the Syrian regime uses these terrorist organizations as instruments of pressure in a foreign policy strategy that has earned for Syria a "no questions asked" attitude from the free world with regard to its occupation of Lebanon and its persecution of the Lebanese people.

    Terrorist organizations do not stand on their own in terms of identity; instead, they are proxies to regimes that provide them with financial means and an operational framework for their terrorist activities. The suggestion heard in some circles that these regimes can be charged with the task of dismantling terrorist organizations is the height of naiveté and folly.

    Furthermore, let’s not forget that the clandestine nature of these regimes and organizations would allow them to quickly and easily restructure and reemerge under completely new aliases, ready to resume operations in full capacity.


    Any perceived cooperation in the war on terrorism does not represent a strategic choice on the part of the Syrian regime to combat terrorism; it is only a tactical and temporary ploy to dodge responsibility for the central role that Syria has had in sponsoring terrorism during the last three decades. Let us not forget that Syria’s proxies in Lebanon were responsible for attacks against the American embassy and the Marine compound costing hundreds of Lebanese and American lives.

    Second, Syria’s occupation has turned Lebanon — a nation that once enjoyed democracy and freedom — into a puppet-regime subservient to a dictatorship.

    Dictatorial regimes, which install in their people an overwhelming feeling of helplessness to affect any kind of change through democratic or peaceful means, are the cause of fundamentalism. The only effective long-term solution to the spread of fundamentalism is the spread of freedom; the only truly effective and permanent way to reverse the spread of fundamentalism is not to choose dictatorship over fundamentalism-it is, rather, to provide a third alternative — democracy.

    The democratic process in Lebanon has been hijacked. Election laws have been regularly tailored to guarantee the election of Syria’s puppets in Lebanon. Nonetheless, the Lebanese people remain apt and resolute to resume their democratic way of life once conditions become conducive and the Syrian regime withdraws its forces and intelligence apparatus from Lebanon.

    Third, Syria’s occupation of Lebanon has led to instability and hindered the peace process. Most puzzling and frustrating for the Lebanese people is that there are supporters of the Syrian Regime in positions of authority, both in Lebanon and in the U.S., who assert that Syria provides an element of stability in Lebanon. These supporters turn a blind eye to the fact that Lebanon has become unstable only as a result of Syrian hegemony over it. Today, the Lebanese-Israeli Border is a lit fuse that can erupt into a regional war at anytime. And why this present state of affairs?

    The blame lies squarely at the feet of Syria, which forbids Lebanon to implement UN Resolution 426 and deploy its army along the border with Israel. I ask a simple question: Where is the much-heralded stability that Syria is providing? And how many times has the US intervened to diffuse tension and prevent escalation of this Syrian-created mess?

    Those same apologists for the Syrian Regime also argue that political detente and dialogue among the Lebanese factions would not be possible without Syria’s alleged role as an "intermediary" between them. Again, on this point separation must be made between reality and Syrian-propagated myth.

    Hafez Assad made it clear on July 20, 1976 that he is sending his forces to Lebanon to protect his Palestinian proxies and other radical groups. Since the Syrian regime directly intervened in Lebanon, it has consistently incited the Lebanese against each other at every level. Many Lebanese personalities, who recognized and rejected Syria’s sinister plans to promote "internal conflict," were assassinated.

    These patriotic Lebanese sacrificed themselves on the altar of peace by choosing to take an active role in bridging differences and resolving stalemates, in direct contradiction to Syria’s wicked plans. Among these Lebanese victims are those, from different factions, who dared to open genuine channels of dialogue with me during my tenure as the Prime Minister of the Interim Lebanese Government. And I personally was also the target of three Syrian-sponsored assassination attempts that inflicted many casualties, and some fatalities, in the ranks of my personal security entourage.

    Fourth, under Syrian occupation the human rights of the Lebanese people have been systematically violated. An exhaustive description of the crimes committed by the Syrian Regime and its goons in Lebanon would take thousands of pages and dozens of hearings. Two Lebanese presidents-both of whom can be accurately described as unwilling to take their orders from the Syrian intimidators-were assassinated immediately upon their elections.

    Ambassadors, elite journalists, and political and religious figures from all denominations who dared to oppose Syria were kidnapped, tortured, imprisoned, and/or assassinated.
    And this is in addition to the tens of thousands of Lebanese who perished in countless massacres, in months upon months of random Syrian artillery shelling of civilian areas, and in countless booby-trapped and bombed cars.

    Furthermore, the freedom of speech has been restricted and any media critical of the status quo have been silenced. Last but not least, the judicial system has been politicized and used as an instrument of intimidation, harassment, and oppression.

    Fifth, widespread corruption of enormous magnitude has devastated the Lebanese economy. Syria’s puppet regime and proxies in Lebanon have excessively abused their power. They unnecessarily built a national debt currently exceeding two hundred percent of GDP while simultaneously amassing gigantic personal fortunes at the expense and welfare of the average Lebanese citizens.

    The aforementioned are only few illustrations of the negative impact of Syrian occupation of Lebanon. Prior to Syria’s hegemony, Lebanon was a living example of political and religious pluralism, and a symbol of moderation and tolerance. Lebanon, free from Syrian occupation and terror, will emerge once again with a political system that is democratic, an economic policy that is truly capitalistic and transparent, a modern and independent judiciary that enforces and respects the rule of law, and an educational system that nurtures a culture of peace in a region and environment in dire need of true peace.

    The Restoration of Lebanon’s Sovereignty

    The restoration of Lebanese sovereignty is an absolute necessity if terrorism is to be defeated. In order to achieve this objective, the Lebanese people and the international community, under the sponsorship of the United States, will have to collaborate closely and commit resources towards this goal
    . Today the majority of the Lebanese, across all groups and factions, are living in anticipation of the restoration of their sovereignty and free will and are longing for the day when they can again exercise their freedoms without fear of arrest, persecution, or death.

    We hope that the Syrian regime will take the opportunity to act positively and withdraw its forces from Lebanon as we seek to build with the Syrian people genuine and strong friendly relations based on mutual respect and common interests among the two people.

    Following a Syrian withdrawal, it is quite conceivable that the Syrian regime will leave behind many of its instruments of terror and destruction as well as its paramilitary/intelligence apparatus. Therefore, it is imperative that Syrian withdrawal be accompanied by a complete disarmament of all armed elements. Only the legitimate armed forces of Lebanon can be entrusted with providing security to the Lebanese people. They are certainly capable of doing so when provided with a strong political leadership duly elected by the Lebanese themselves, rather than appointed by an occupying power as is the case today. Equally important, Lebanon will need certified tribunals to investigate and bring to justice all criminals who committed war atrocities and crimes against humanity.

    Lebanon will certainly need significant economic aid. The Lebanese people have incurred catastrophic losses and the Lebanese economy is devastated due largely to the corrupt Syrian puppet regimes installed in power since the early 1990s. And to this day, more than any other country, Lebanon has been carrying an enormous burden as a consequence of the prolonged Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Lebanese cause is a cause in and of itself. It is not and should not be linked to the resolution of any regional or global conflict or crisis. Lebanon, alone, is a legitimate and pressing issue by every standard of international law.

    This small country, Lebanon, is not a producer of oil or raw material. Lebanon is however rich beyond description. Lebanon is rich in its culture, in its people, in its beauty, in its history, and in its heart. But most importantly, Lebanon is rich in its tradition of democracy and freedom.

    Only in very recent history has it become evident to the Western powers that Lebanon must be saved as a matter of global security, and hence my presence here today before this honorable committee. But the salvation of Lebanon is more than a matter of security-It is a moral imperative. Lebanon must be saved, because it is right to save Lebanon; a nation which cherishes American principles and human values that we all believe in. To save Lebanon is to lend credence to what President Bush declared in his speech on September 11, 2002 and I quote:
    "We will use our position of unparalleled strength and influence to build an atmosphere of international order and openness in which progress and liberty can flourish in many nations. A peaceful world of growing freedom serves American long-term interests, reflects enduring American ideals and unites America’s allies."

    Madame Chairwoman, the true nature of the Lebanese people is love of freedom and affection for America; and the true nature of America is support for those aspiring to freedom. A Lebanon dominated by a Syrian terrorist-sponsoring dictatorship is inconsistent with the nature of their Lebanese people and does not serve their interests. And looking the other way while a democracy is being turned into a repressive satellite state is inconsistent with the American nature and interests.

    Madame Chairwoman, we have been fighting valiantly for our beloved Lebanon for over 30 years.

    We have lost almost everything. We lost our brothers and sisters, our friends, our fellow soldiers, our freedoms, our security, our homes, and our money.

    But we are determined to continue fighting for our cause because we never lost hope-and never will-that our natural allies in the free world would ultimately see our fight for what it truly was-a fight for freedom against terrorism and oppression. I come before you today to urge you to be true to America’s nature, to aid those aspiring to freedom, to strike a blow to terrorism, and vote to pass the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2003.

    Thank you for your attention.
    General Michel Aoun
    When will an "Iran accountability and Lebanese sovereignty restoration act" be in front of congress? :lol:
     
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    joseph_lubnan

    Legendary Member
    Gabriel Issa on Gebran Bassil:

    أكره التبخير ولكن لدينا وزير خارجية جرأته تضاهي جرأة جيش بأكمله.

    من واجباتنا أن نواجه المجتمع الدولي بالحقيقة عندما يظلمنا... وقلة قليلة منا تجرؤ على ذلك.
    2ou3a el tebkheer :lol:

    But question, where are Foreign Minister Bassil, Battal Safaret Lebnen fi Washington, where are his valiant comments on the recent sanctions? :)
     
    Muki

    Muki

    Well-Known Member
    Orange Room Supporter
    2ou3a el tebkheer :lol:

    But question, where are Foreign Minister Bassil, Battal Safaret Lebnen fi Washington, where are his valiant comments on the recent sanctions? :)
    Weighing his words carefully, now that US Treasury is disrupting his flow of income.
     
    TayyarBeino

    TayyarBeino

    Legendary Member
    صادر الوطني الحر لـ LBC: الحديث عن عقوبات على حلفاء حزب الله من التيار تم طي صفحته
    الخميس ١١ تموز ٢٠١٩ 20:19سياسة




    أكدت مصادر "التيار الوطني الحر" لقناة

    "LBC"
    أن "الحديث عن عقوبات قد تطال حلفاء "حزب الله" من التيار جرى الحديث عنه سابقا"، مشيرةً الى أن هذا الأمر تم طي صفحته".
    ولفتت المصادر الى أن "العقوبات على النائبين محمد رعد وأمين شري هي لزوم ما لا يلزم".
     
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    lebanese1

    Legendary Member
    2ou3a el tebkheer :lol:

    But question, where are Foreign Minister Bassil, Battal Safaret Lebnen fi Washington, where are his valiant comments on the recent sanctions? :)
    Busy planning how to defeat amrika chaytan's plans for lebanon like in 2006.

     
    Robin Hood

    Robin Hood

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    Orange Room Supporter
    When will FPM appoint me as Lebanese Ambassador to Canada? :p
    But I would have to give up on my Canadian citizenship.
     
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