Mashnouq Snubs Aoun Trip, Says Bassil-Muallem Talks an 'Attack' on Hariri


Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq announced Sunday on his Twitter account that he has informed the Baabda Palace that he will not accompany President Michel Aoun on his trip to Paris tomorrow.

According to an An Nahar newspaper report tweeted by Mashnouq, the minister’s boycott is in protest at the latest New York meeting between Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil and his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Muallem.

Speaking at a social event on Sunday morning, Mashnouq described the Bassil-Muallem meeting as as “political attack on the prime minister (Saad Hariri).”

“We will respond to it with all the available means,” he vowed.

He also revealed that “the elections will be held on time through pre-registration in places of residence” and that the national ID cards will not be turned into “biometric IDs” to be used in the polls.

Comments 8
Thumb barrymore 24 September 2017, 15:34

“We will respond to it with all the available means,” he vowed.

..... meaning he will do nothing in typical Mustakbal fashion.

Thumb marcus 24 September 2017, 20:23

So you shias now openly admit hezbollah illegal weapons are here to protect shia perceived rights and not to liberate occupied land and defend Lebanon.

Missing hajjradwan 24 September 2017, 15:48

Mashnouq's move is the correct one. Aoun has still not told us what he actually told al Monitor about the permanent "role" of the Hezb. Jean Azziz the presidential media officer said that reported quotes where inaccurate.

Thumb s.o.s 24 September 2017, 16:08

All talk but no action. You want to protest and save yourself a few seats at the parliament for next years elections? Withdraw from this infamous governement.

Thumb janoubi 24 September 2017, 16:13

you will be missed...

Thumb 25 September 2017, 01:04

yeah right :-)

Thumb s.o.s 24 September 2017, 16:18


Thumb warrior 25 September 2017, 07:37

Bassil's meeting with Muallem was at the request of Bassil and was approved by his father in law, the president whom Mustaqbal voted for. Stop Whining!