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Report: Hariri Will Not Make Personal Appearance at Feb. 14 Ceremony over Security Fears

Head of the Mustaqbal Movement MP Saad Hariri will not appear in person at Saturday's ceremony marking the tenth anniversary of the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri over security concerns, reported al-Joumhouria newspaper on Thursday.

Mustaqbal sources told the daily: “Security fears will thwart his personal participation at the event.”

“All claims to the contrary are speculation,” they added.

Furthermore, they said that a Mustaqbal delegation and Hariri's advisors had traveled to the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh on Tuesday for consultations with the MP over his speech.

The delegation includes deputy Speaker Farid Makari, former MP Ghattas Khoury, Hariri's media advisor Hani Hammoud, and head of his office Nader al-Hariri.

The sources remarked that the speech may hold a vision over the upcoming phase in Lebanon, as well as take into consideration the movement's political views in the wake of its ongoing dialogue with Hizbullah.

It will stress the Mustaqbal Movement's principles in light of the Syrian crisis, Lebanon's international ties, and the importance of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, they revealed.

The March 14 forces are scheduled to commemorate the tenth anniversary of former Premier Rafik Hariri's assassination at a ceremony in Beirut's BIEL exhibition center.

Hariri was assassinated in a massive bombing in Beirut on February 14, 2005.

The STL, which kicked off its proceedings in 2014, is investigating his murder. It has so far indicted five Hizbullah members of being involved in the attack. The party has condemned the claims and the tribunal, vowing that it will not cooperate with it.

M.T.

H.K.


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