Change and Reform: Lebanon Has Returned to World Mapإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
The Change and Reform parliamentary bloc boasted Tuesday that “Lebanon returned to the map of the world in only one year thanks to the president and the action of the head of the bloc,” in reference to President Michel Aoun and Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil.
“The bloc and the Free Patriotic Movement are still pursuing the path of the founder (Aoun) and are still advocates of the National Pact, the Constitution and Arab belonging and identity,” Change and Reform said in a statement issued after its weekly meeting and recited by Justice Minister Salim Jreissati.
“We have not changed. The way we are perceived has changed, after we became influential while in power, making several achievements during the first year of the strong president's term,” the bloc added.
“The outcome has been positive and acceptable and amid the challenges we insist that the international community should contribute to resolving the dilemmas that represent key challenges to us,” Change and Reform said.
Aoun has vowed to “defend” Jerusalem at an emergency summit for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation that he will attend in Istanbul on Wednesday.
Emphasizing the importance of “Lebanon's presence at international forums and conferences and the role it can play through its active diplomacy and effective foreign policy,” the president said “Lebanon can play a role in dousing the raging blazes in the region.”
Bassil for his part has called for an Arab popular uprising and for diplomatic, political and economic Arab measures against U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
“Jerusalem cannot belong to a unilateral state… Jerusalem is for Jews, Christians and Muslims. We are the sons of Abraham, Jesus and Mohammed, we all want to pray in Jerusalem and we will not accept to be prevented,” said Bassil at an emergency Arab League meeting in Cairo on Saturday.