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19 March 2019, 22:40 Bassil: Those who launch accusations against me must offer evidence and I'm the only one in the history of the Lebanese republic who has lifted secrecy off his bank accounts.
19 March 2019, 22:38 Bassil: We acknowledge that a part of the Syrians cannot return due to fear and circumstances, but the other part is not returning because of the international aid they are getting here. That's why we are calling for a safe and dignified return and not a voluntary one, because they might stay here and the issue would turn into naturalization.
19 March 2019, 22:36 Bassil: We support the CEDRE conference resolutions, but we will endorse what is in Lebanon's interest.
19 March 2019, 22:31 Bassil: It is wrong to deal with the refugee issue from one angle and we had called for a unified paper from the very beginning.
19 March 2019, 22:24 Bassil: My outcry on March 14 was not against a certain party, seeing as we also are part of the government.
19 March 2019, 22:18 Bassil: What some considered to be escalation from my side was an expression of dismay over the start of the government's work. We gave ourselves a 100-day deadline to launch work and a month has passed and we need an extraordinary state of mobilization.
19 March 2019, 22:16 Bassil: It is not in the interest of Lebanon or Arabs to keep Damascus outside the Arab League in light of the tracks that are drawing up Syria's future, such as Astana.
19 March 2019, 22:09 Bassil: Some countries will get used to us dealing with them according to our interest and not the interest of any other country.
19 March 2019, 22:09 Bassil: We cannot be neutral regarding the issue of refugees.
19 March 2019, 22:00 Bassil: Lebanon is a country of peace, not a country of war. When war is imposed on it, it seeks to emerge victorious.
19 March 2019, 21:59 Bassil: Only a mad person would wage a war without guaranteeing its outcome. Israel can only create pressure through its claims about missiles and tunnels.
19 March 2019, 21:55 Bassil on his tense ties with Gulf countries: I once said that our national unity is more important than Arab or international consensus, because this is what would preserve our country.
19 March 2019, 21:53 Bassil: Lebanon should be a country of rapprochement and not an arena for conflict.
19 March 2019, 21:53 Bassil: Lebanon's interest is to remain an Arab country. Iran supported Lebanon in its war against Israel and Lebanon should decide on its cooperation with Iran and Saudi Arabia according to its interests.
19 March 2019, 21:49 Bassil: The U.S. has an interest and it needs Lebanon in a lot of policies.
19 March 2019, 21:48 Bassil: The 'deal of the century' will be born dead and it has no chance to succeed.
19 March 2019, 21:47 Bassil: Hizbullah is not a terrorist party and I will say this to the Americans. Lebanon's interest obliges us to say that one third of the Lebanese people are not terrorists.
19 March 2019, 21:46 Bassil: Lebanon's interest should dictate the foreign policy, whether in the refugee file or other issues.
19 March 2019, 21:45 Bassil: The constitution says that Lebanon's foreign policy is designed by the president, the premier, the government and the foreign minister, and this is consensual democracy.
19 March 2019, 21:43 Bassil: The Russian army is nowadays present on our border and on Israel's border.
19 March 2019, 21:43 Bassil on refugees: Syria is closer than Russia in this regard and it is better to talk directly to Syria.
19 March 2019, 21:41 Bassil: When Israel attacked us, only our strength defended us.
19 March 2019, 21:40 Bassil: Sometimes we agree with the U.S. policies and sometimes we disagree. We implement the policy that preserves our sovereignty and independence.
19 March 2019, 21:39 Bassil: We are only loyal to Lebanon.
19 March 2019, 21:38 Bassil: Our interest requires us not to be aligned with a certain axis.
19 March 2019, 21:37 Bassil: Our agenda is a national one and not aligned with a foreign force. Lebanon should not be part of a certain axis.
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