Lebanon Joins Saudi-led Anti-Terror Coalition: Salam Hails Move, Foreign Ministry 'Unaware' of Step

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Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday the formation of a coalition of Arab and Muslim countries aimed at fighting terrorism.

Lebanon is among the 34 countries in the alliance.

Prime Minister Tammam Salam welcomed the formation of the Islamic coalition, saying: “Lebanon is at the forefront of the confrontation with terrorism.”

“Any executive step required by Lebanon from the coalition will be studied and dealt with according to Lebanese constitutional and legal norms,” he added.

But the Foreign Ministry decried that it “had no knowledge whatsoever of the issue of forming an Islamic anti-terror coalition.”

It said it has not received “any memo or phone call mentioning this coalition.”

The ministry “was neither consulted at the foreign level, as required by norms, nor domestically, as required by the Constitution,” it added.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasizes that this move undermines Lebanon's distinguished stance on the definition of terrorism and the classification of terrorist organizations,” it said.

“It also encroaches on the ministry's constitutional jurisdiction on foreign affairs,” the ministry added, noting that Lebanon's foreign policy “is part of the government's policy and the Ministerial Policy Statement – in coordination and consultation with the prime minister.”

There should be “internal consensus on this foreign policy,” the ministry stressed.

It also reiterated that it will always support “any real effort, action or coalition aimed at combating takfiri terrorism and all its organizations, as well as all its military and ideological forms.”

Earlier, Mustaqbal Movement leader MP Saad Hariri praised the coalition, saying: “This is a historic move on the right path, which is aimed at dealing with a political, security, and ideological problem that has started to pose a risk on Islam's civilized and human existence.”

“It was only natural for this announcement to be made from Riyadh, by its Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who delineated the strategic line of this alliance,” he remarked in a statement.

“Saudi is announcing on behalf of the overwhelming majority of the Arabs and Muslims that the responsibility of combating terrorism, which is exploiting Islam to harm the religion, lies on them, their leaderships, and countries,” stressed the MP.

“This responsibility falls first on Arabs, who are falling victim to the ugliest discrimination campaigns that serve no purpose but to harm their role and stature in the world,” added Hariri.

On this note, he saluted the Saudi leadership “for launching the alliance and embracing it.”

Commenting on the coalition, Labor Minister Sejaan Qazzi said: “Lebanon is not part of this alliance and it was not informed about joining it.”

“Lebanon is not an Islamic or Christian state and joining the coalition needs cabinet's approval,” he added according to MTV.

“We hope an international alliance against terrorism would be formed instead of a sectarian one,” he told the television station.

Saudi Arabia announced Tuesday the formation of a military coalition of 34 countries including Gulf states, Egypt and Turkey to fight "terrorism" in the Islamic world.

The Saudi-led alliance does not include Iran, or Syria and Iraq.

It will be based in Riyadh "to coordinate and support military operations to fight terrorism", with participation from Middle Eastern, African and Asian states, the SPA state news agency said.

The coalition will tackle "the Islamic world's problem with terrorism and will be a partner in the worldwide fight against this scourge" said Saudi Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Lebanon joins the alliance that includes Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Turkey, Chad, Togo, Tunisia, Djibouti, Senegal, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Gabon, Guinea, Palestine, the Comoros Islands, Qatar, the Ivory Coast, Kuwait, Libya, the Maldives, Mali, Malaysia, Egypt, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, and Yemen.

M.T./Y.R.

Comments 34
Thumb Mystic 15 December 2015, 13:29

Saudi Arabia against terrorism? How can the founder of terror fight it?

Thumb tric.portugal 15 December 2015, 13:42

amazing ...

Thumb _mowaten_ 15 December 2015, 13:49

shameful to take part in that terrorist coalition. if saudis wanted to do anything about terror a good start would be to stop funding it, and stop spreading their fundamentalist version of islam by implating salafi mosques throughout the world.

Thumb Mystic 15 December 2015, 14:15

One of the reasons that the Resistance should NEVER disarm.

Thumb Mystic 15 December 2015, 14:45

Don't be too happy & cocky texas, you can hardly deal with the Ansarullah in Yemen as it is.

Thumb Mystic 15 December 2015, 14:59

Saudis are going through a hard time, their oil prices are so low, that they almost gain nothing from it, they have even ordered American weaponry, with borrowed funds that the americans put on a tap.

Their economy will collapse when all their oil is gone, because Saudi Arabia is a desolate desert with a few high-end buildings, that can't provide with the simplest of things and goods which is water, food agriculture etc.
They have become so unpopular in the Western world alongside Turkey these days, that everyone knows that Saudi Arabia is a terrorist state.

Thumb Mystic 15 December 2015, 15:02

Even the Ansarullahs tactics are too much for the Saudis to handle, one of their most senior commanders died the other day.
No texas, you have not dealt with the Ansarullah, they are dealing with you wahabi fellas right now.

Thumb Mystic 15 December 2015, 15:24

Yeah sure texas, they will for sure take the wahabis hand and fight against their own people.

The same wahabis that bombed their neighbourhoods husbands, children and wives in Da7iye

Thumb Mystic 15 December 2015, 15:51

Don't forget the mini skirts, while you are at it.

Default-user-icon Marwan (Guest) 15 December 2015, 19:06

Hezbollah and its Iranian masters seem to manage just fine.

Thumb kanaanljdid 15 December 2015, 22:53

Maybe these sunni terrorists decided to commit suicide together with their fellow shia terrorists named Hizbullah.

Missing cedars 16 December 2015, 13:55

Founder of terrorism is the militia that loaded the truck that hit the marines barracks 35 years ago...founder of terrorism are those that first hijacked planes and killed passengers....those are the ones that taught all fanatics what terror looks like...

Thumb tric.portugal 15 December 2015, 13:36

"Lebanon joins the alliance that includes Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Turkey, Chad, Togo, Tunisia, Djibouti, Senegal, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Gabon, Guinea, Palestine, the Comoros Islands, Qatar, the Ivory Coast, Kuwait, Libya, the Maldives, Mali, Malaysia, Egypt, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, and Yemen."
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Lebanon gonna join militar forces in a militar islamic organization led by Mecca!!!?? to fight the islamic terrorism!!!??? with the turks, marrocos, qatar...

Default-user-icon Darwr101 (Guest) 15 December 2015, 13:52

The role of this coalition is not clear...how will it fight terrorism collectively and how will it coordinate its operations?

Default-user-icon hanoun (Guest) 15 December 2015, 14:23

its a good thing so to beat terrorism and be quick cut the head of the snake which is wahabism

Thumb tric.portugal 15 December 2015, 14:27

"Lebanon is among the 34 countries in the alliance."
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then...
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"Labor Minister Sejaan Qazzi on the Military Islamic Coalition to MTV: Lebanon is not part of the coalition and we know nothing about it. We are not an Islamic or Christian state. The matter requires a cabinet decision. "
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Lebanon militar decisions are made in Mecca!

Thumb tric.portugal 15 December 2015, 14:37

"PM Tammam Salam to VDL (93.3): Lebanon is leading daily battles with terrorist groups and one of them is still holding captive 9 servicemen. We welcome Lebanon's accession to the Islamic Coalition. "
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"Labor Minister Sejaan Qazzi on the Military Islamic Coalition to MTV: Lebanon is not part of the coalition and we know nothing about it. We are not an Islamic or Christian state. The matter requires a cabinet decision. "
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Salam, the Daesh, Lebanon can participated with a Islamic militar Coligations without the approve of the Cabinet??

Missing bigjohn 15 December 2015, 16:47

Do not worry. There will not be any lebanse troops going to the Gulf to save the royal families. this is just to show that the hated RULERS are "strong" and "united" against any uprising by the opposition who will be called "terrorists" (I wonder when the money will run out to end their pathetic existence).

Missing bigjohn 15 December 2015, 19:42

Well, HA fighters point to the response of tens of thousands of non-Syrian jihadists who invaded the country Unlike Bahrain, Yemen, Libya, etc.

Default-user-icon + oua nabka + (Guest) 15 December 2015, 16:01

best way to eradicate takfiry terrorists is to destroy the basis of their fanaticism which is wahabism

Thumb chrisrushlau 15 December 2015, 16:02

The coalition's first target, said its leader, KSA's deputy Crown Prince, will be the king of Saudi Arabia.

Thumb ado.australia 15 December 2015, 16:14

How has Lebanon joined the Saudi led Anti Terrorism coalition? How can Lebanon join an international coalition when there is no President? Under the Constitution, all international agreements can only be signed by the President of the Republic! How is Lebanon a member when at the same time the labour minister is quoted as saying Lebanon is not part of this Coalition?

Naharnet needs to better edit their story headlines!

Thumb ado.australia 15 December 2015, 16:34

"The 34 members all belong to the Jeddah-based Organisation of Islamic Cooperation." This is not part of the Arab Army formed in the Arab League. Even still, if both organisations agreed to this coalition, only the President of the Republic can ratify or even negotiate any international agreement! Point is this story headline is not truthful or even remotely accurate!

Missing bigjohn 15 December 2015, 16:40

Ado..this coalition is to save the monarchies from their people NOT combating so called terrorism. It is like in 1990 when the Oil and gas rulers paid countries like Egypt and Syria to come to the KSA and mostly sit in the sun not wanting to fight to just show that Arab countries support the Monarchies.

Missing bigjohn 15 December 2015, 16:35

In the 1960's, the Arab populace and especially the Sunnis rallied behind Nasser, but Nasser was not able to deliver because Egypt was a poor country and some of Nasser's supporters were corrupt, but mostly the West, Israel, and the Arab puppet Kings spent many billions to defeat him. In 1990, Many Sunni Arabs and others supported Saddam Hussein for standing up to Israel's enabler the US and the Arab puppet Kings, and the Arab populace saw that Saddam was a paper tiger. AFTER 2006, when the Lebanese resistance stood up to Israeli aggression for 33 days, Nasralla became the most popular leader in the Mostly Arab Sunni world, which threatened the Arab collaborators.

Missing bigjohn 15 December 2015, 16:35

If you look at the Shiites TODAY in the Arab world, there is cohesion and they are NOT killing each other. In the Arab Sunni world there is a huge credibility gap. The Arab Sunni youth are NOT inspired by the King of KSA or King of Jordan. They are looking for leaders who are NOT religious fanatics like ISIS or hated selfish weak puppet dictators like the Royal families. The Sunni Arab world is in a existential crisis because they are ruled by HATED leaders.

Missing bigjohn 15 December 2015, 19:49

Thirteen "Why do Arabs in general and Muslims in particular always need some kinda leader to follow and worship?" because the Arabs have the worst leaders in the world and they do NOT represent them. You have worthless, weak, puppet dictators who see their people as the same as the Israeli enemy sees the NATIVES as the enemy. AND, the so called "democratic" west supports these tyrants (why do they hate us?)

Missing helicopter 15 December 2015, 22:55

13,
Gibran saw it 100 years ago and it is so true for Lebanese and the Arabs in General.

Kahlil Gibran
“Pity the nation that is full of beliefs and empty of religion.
Pity the nation that wears a cloth it does not weave
and eats a bread it does not harvest.
Pity the nation that acclaims the bully as hero,
and that deems the glittering conqueror bountiful.
Pity the nation whose statesman is a fox,
whose philosopher is a juggler,
and whose art is the art of patching and mimicking
.............. and so on.

Thumb beiruti 15 December 2015, 19:43

This is so Mickey Mouse. Gibran Bassil, the supposed Foreign Minister is so busy with family business, fending off Frangieh that he does not bother with his supposed Ministerial Portfolio as the Defense Minister then he cries foul when actions are taken in his absence.
Then there is Hariri who is more deferential to Saudi sensibilities than to Lebanese and he is supposed to lead the largest Sunni Party in the Lebanese Parliament.
If Lebanon had a government, it would be in disarray. But since it doesn't have one, it only looks that way.

Missing bigjohn 15 December 2015, 19:57

1anonymetexasusa The people of KSA have a "secular" king??? Reality always occurs where lala land will be in lala land. Resistance (Marxist, nationalist, Islamist) will ALWAYS succeed in the LONG RUN and the collaborators no matter how much money they receive will face death or exile....Just ask the SLA and the Black South African collaborators!

Default-user-icon massihi lebnene (Guest) 15 December 2015, 20:39

did not know that lebanon is a muslim country ?

Default-user-icon A. Templar (Guest) 16 December 2015, 00:02

Naharnet / Saudinet: Call it the way it is. In your title you missed labelling it an Islamic coalition, all the while the Islamic label was at the heart of the issue.
Your reporting is incomplete, at best. You sure must've graduated from Imam Mohammad ibn Saud university for journalism, with distinction.
To maintain transparency with the facts, a correction is required.

Thumb ex-fpm 16 December 2015, 08:57

hey troll, your resistance is islamic so why object to an Islamic coalition or would you rather prefer a pure shia coalition.

Missing incorruptible 16 December 2015, 02:34

Hahaha what a dysfunctional joke of a state. Shows how subordinate we are to the Saudis. They don't even have to notify us. All they need to do is ask Saad to bend down...