Mustaqbal Urges End to 'Obstruction': Clear Dialogue Prelude to Any National Agreementإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc on Tuesday called on the “boycotters” of parliamentary sessions to end “obstruction” and elect a new president, as it stressed its commitment to the ongoing dialogue with Hizbullah.
In a statement issued after its weekly meeting, the bloc also underlined “the need for the state to regain its sovereignty and full authority across all Lebanese regions,” urging “full commitment to the Baabda Declaration and the international resolutions.”
Welcoming the resumption of cabinet sessions after a dispute over its work mechanism, Mustaqbal emphasized the importance of “overcoming the presidential vacuum quickly and immediately restoring normalcy at state institutions.”
“Basic political action in this period must be focused on serious, strenuous and committed efforts to elect a new president,” the bloc added.
Accordingly, it called for “ending the obstruction that is being practiced by the boycotters of the successive parliamentary sessions,” noting that “they alone are to blame for paralysis and the continued vacuum in the country's top post.”
It urged them to “attend the session scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday.”
Turning to the talks between al-Mustaqbal movement and Hizbullah, the bloc asserted “commitment to serious dialogue,” describing it as “a gateway that can contribute to resolving two main problems – the continued presidential void and sectarian tensions.”
“Brave and clear dialogue, which must be based on preserving principles and being frank about naked realities, represents the prelude to any real national agreement,” Mustaqbal added.
Lebanon has been without a head of state since president Michel Suleiman's six-year tenure ended in May last year.
The rival blocs have so far failed to elect a successor despite more than a dozen electoral rounds.
Separately, the bloc highlighted “the importance of building a sound relation with Iran that would be based on reciprocity, mutual respect and the enhancement of common interests.”
But it pointed out that such a relation must not involve any “interference in the domestic affairs of the other, away from any form of hegemony, control or submission.”
Mustaqbal also voiced support for a call by Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi to create a joint military Arab force that would confront “all forms of terrorism and illegitimate interference.”