Lebanese PM Saad al-Hariri says Hezbollah arms illegitimate
Orient Net - Agencies 2017-02-15 11:08:00
Lebanon’s Prime Minister, Saad al-Hariri called Hezbollah’s arms illegitimate on Tuesday after its President Michel Aoun said the group’s military wing was vital to its security, spelling out the country’s political divisions more clearly than at any time since they took office.
"We will not compromise on the fundamentals ... our view of the Assad regime and its crimes, our stance towards the illegitimate arms and ... Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria," al-Hariri said at a ceremony in central Beirut marking the 12th anniversary of his father’s assassination.
Hezbollah has become deeply embroiled in the war in Syria, where its terrorists are fighting in support of Assad regime.
Rafik al-Hariri, the father of the current PM, was killed in a 2005 Beirut waterfront bombing that also killed 21 others, shaking the country and pushing his son Sa’ad into politics.
Michel Aoun became president in October in a power-sharing deal that saw Saad al-Hariri, Lebanon’s leading Sunni Muslim politician, appointed premier in a unity cabinet including nearly all Lebanon’s main parties.