Jumblat Replies to Jafari's Comments, Says Lebanon Rejects 'Iranian Dictates'

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Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat denounced on Friday what he described as “Iranian dictates” assuring that the Lebanese are well aware of their own interests and able to address their own affairs.

“As the Lebanese have disapproved the unusual manner that some Saudi circles have used in dealing with (PM) Sheikh Saad, we reject this Iranian dictates by the commander of the Revolutionary Guards Mohammed Ali Jafari” said Jumblat in a tweet on Friday.

“The Lebanese have the experience and know-how to deal with their issues through dialogue,” added the MP.

On Thursday, Jafari said the issue of Hizbullah's arms is "non-negotiable." He said Lebanon remains Israel's first target, adding that therefore Hizbullah should be armed against it to maintain security in Lebanon.

"It is natural that Hizbullah should be equipped with the best weapons for its security. This issue is not negotiable, and all of Lebanon, except a number of little puppets, support the arming of Hizbullah," he said, according to comments in the Iranian semi-official Fars news agency.

Jumblat, head of the Democratic Gathering bloc, had met with Hariri Thursday evening at the Center House accompanied by MP Wael Abu Faour and in the presence of Culture Minister Ghattas Khoury.

“We, the country and Sheikh Saad went through an exceptional situation but of course it was solved wisely and politically, thanks to the wisdom of Sheikh Saad and all parties in Lebanon, if not all at least the majority. Now we have a new start,” Jumblat had stated.

Hariri, who returned from a mysterious nearly three-week-long stay abroad, had caused widespread perplexity on November 4 when he resigned during a TV broadcast from Saudi Arabia, citing assassination threats as well as the negative impact on Lebanon and the region of Hizbullah and its Iranian patrons.

After a puzzling mini-odyssey that took him to France, Egypt and Cyprus, Hariri arrived back in his homeland on Tuesday and then announced that he was putting his decision to quit on hold ahead of negotiations.

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Thumb justin 24 November 2017, 11:03

“The Lebanese have the experience and know-how to deal with their issues through dialogue,” added the MP.

lol @dialogue.

Still waiting for the president to issue a statement on the matter and for Bassil to conduct a tour of World capitals denouncing this blatant intervention.

Thumb lebanon_first 24 November 2017, 11:43

How low did we fall:

A turbanized middle ages character sets policy in Lebanon.
A drunken warlord stands up for our defense.

Our traditional protector, Saudi, is controlled by a pubescent, wet behind the ears, inexperienced kid.

Our prime minister resigns and unresigns and cares more about Yemen war than about fixing our problems of traffic, unemployment, public debt.

And our beloved country controlled by a war loving militia.

Thumb ex-fpm 24 November 2017, 12:22

Saudi Arabia is co-ruled by a young Prince who had the courage to fight corruption head on and take down the most powerful corrupt businessmen and princes in his country. These corrupt powerhouses agreed to pay back the Saudi treasury in excess of $100 billion.

In Lebanon, the sitting president who made fighting corruption his campaign motto and wrote books about the alleged corruption of his political rivals ( who are now his allies ) says after being one year in office:

Aoun: The circumstances are not ripe yet for combating corruption and the anti-corruption minister has submitted reports on corruption.

and to some MBS is " pubescent, wet behind the ears, inexperienced kid."

Lebanese arrogance at its best.

Thumb ashtah 24 November 2017, 12:35

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Thumb marcus 24 November 2017, 12:30

@lebanon_first blames everybody but aoun, strange! Isn't our strong Christian president at least partially responsible for the low and sad state we have reached or is he immune from sharing responsibility in typical FPM style: Finger Pointing Movement.

Thumb lebanon_first 24 November 2017, 16:58

You mean the guy who sclerosed lebanon economy for 2 yrs to become brezident?
Who joined berry and the 40 thieves once he became on top?

To his credit though, in this country of zo3ran, he showed that christians can bark too... dont deny him that...

Happy now?

Thumb thepatriot 24 November 2017, 17:23

What? He barks like a chiwawa! What are you talking about Leb First? Aoun is on the top list of the failures of this country! He wanted the chair at all cost. Promissed to fight corruption, when his son in law keeps filling up his pockets at all given opportunities! He has done nothing good for his country! Has legitimized Ebola's weapons! Did not solve garbage, economy, administartive problems! On the contrary! came up with new taxes! A CA TA STRO PHY! A total failure! Has the respect of almost no foreign country, and is a servant of all! How ridiculous he was the other day when he was praising the army for its great victories....pfff... they barely fought... pathetic.... he would do anything to reclaim his own "glory"... looser!

Thumb barrymore 24 November 2017, 17:57

We don't need to show we can bark. Barking is not a sign of civilization. We need to lead the way in the efforts to fight corruption, build a nation free of outside interference, and most of all rid ourselves of the cancer that is called hezbollah.

We need to make peace with our neighbors, strengthen our economy, and secure a bright future for a children.

Thumb barrymore 24 November 2017, 18:00

our children*