Aoun Urges 'Forgiveness' between 'Those who Insulted Each Other'

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President Michel Aoun on Tuesday described Monday's unrest as a “major mistake sparked by a mistake,” urging “forgiveness” and keenness on “stability, security and national unity.”

“What happened yesterday at the political and security levels harmed everyone and led to lowering the political rhetoric to a level that does not honor the Lebanese,” Aoun said in a written statement.

“What happened on the streets was a major mistake sparked by a mistake. Accordingly, and from my constitutional and fatherlike position, I forgive all those who insulted me and my family, and I also look forward to forgiveness between those who insulted each other,” the president added.

“The country is bigger than everyone, and it is especially bigger than political disputes, which should not descend into personal attacks, especially that forgiveness always comes after an insult,” Aoun went on to say.

He also urged political leaders to “rise to the level of responsibility to confront the several challenges that are surrounding us, most importantly preserving stability, security and national unity.”

Monday's unrest across several Lebanese regions was sparked by the emergence of a leaked video showing Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil – Aoun's son-in-law – calling Speaker Nabih Berri a "thug" during a closed meeting in Batroun.

The video comes amid an escalating dispute between Berri and Aoun over a decree granting one-year's seniority to a number of army officers.

The footage drew the ire of Berri's aides and political allies, who lashed out at Bassil, as supporters of the Speaker's AMAL Movement blocked roads across the country and encircled the FPM's headquarters in Sin el-Fil.

Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil meanwhile described Bassil in a tweet as "lowly" and a "political dwarf."

Comments 13
Thumb ___flamethrower___ 30 January 2018, 16:26

Best forgiving president Lebanon has seen, ever!

Thumb Puppet 30 January 2018, 16:28

I have the utmost respect and admiration for general aoun who is now president and Imam for Urging 'Forgiveness' between 'Those who Insulted Each Other'.

Thumb justin 30 January 2018, 16:30

Qabalan Describes President as 'Imam Michel Aoun'

Thumb s.o.s 30 January 2018, 17:01

I think he should get upgraded to Ayatollah.

Thumb Southern......... 30 January 2018, 18:32

and you from a half jew to a zionist scum!

Thumb lebnani4ever 30 January 2018, 18:44

Be careful, you do not have political cover so they will throw you in jail. lol

Thumb s.o.s 30 January 2018, 19:43

I haven't heard or seen Mofan nor his alter ego. Blablabla is currently held in a cell next to Jawad Bindaoud because Beatrice went to the cops for sexual harassment. All mites are usually sex offenders on top of drug dealers and terrorists. Fortunately for him, he's in France, and over there they release this kind of people from prison very quickly unlike America.

Thumb galaxy 30 January 2018, 16:35

Aoun Urges 'Forgiveness' between 'Those who Insulted Each Other'

Shu 7anoon!

Thumb ex-fpm 30 January 2018, 17:01

“Everyone who endorses an explosive rhetoric must be condemned and the person who detonates a bomb in residential neighborhoods is a major criminal,” Aoun said after the weekly meeting of the Change and Reform bloc in Rabiyeh.

“Those who endorse the Takfiri ideology, those who make fiery speeches, those who incite sectarianism and those who instigate against all the members of a certain sect are the biggest criminals, whether they are MPs, ministers or clergymen,” Aoun added.

If only he implements what he preaches!

Thumb barrymore 30 January 2018, 17:08

"those who make fiery speeches, those who incite sectarianism and those who instigate against all the members of a certain sect are the biggest criminals, whether they are MPs, ministers or clergymen,” Aoun added.

But that was back in 2013 and none of what he said 'applies' to his son in law, of course;)!

Good one exfpm!

Thumb enterprise 31 January 2018, 02:40

according to the iranian president's own words, he should lock up his son in law for being a criminal.

Thumb Zaghloul 30 January 2018, 17:28


Thumb extraterrestrial.alien 30 January 2018, 18:48

I would like to personally, and from the heart of my bottom, thank both the OTV and NBN for firing up their respective time machines and take us on an exiting voyage down memory lane so you, I and the rest of the people of Lebanon could recall the kind of lawless thugs and hypocrites the populate the membership and leadership of Amal and the FPM. This archival refresher is really what we needed guys, thank you.