Lebanese Leaders Mark Anniversary of al-Sadr's Disappearance

Lebanon's leaders on Friday made statements commemorating Imam Moussa al-Sadr, the revered founder of the AMAL Movement who disappeared during a visit to Libya forty years ago.

President Michel Aoun said Sadr “struggled for Lebanon's unity and its message of coexistence,” wishing he was still present in Lebanon to represent “a source of inspiration in political life and to be an icon for rapprochement, openness and keenness on people's interests.”

“We remember a spiritual and humanitarian leader who dedicated himself to defend Lebanon and coexistence among its sons. His disappearance is a cause that concerns all Lebanese,” Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri tweeted.

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea meanwhile announced that Sadr's forced disappearance was similar to the assassination of “Bashir Gemayel, Kamal Jumblat and Rafik Hariri.”

“They do not want Lebanon to rise,” Geagea added, referring to the perpetrators.

“They have not succeeded but they are still trying,” the LF leader went on to say.

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