Bassil Calls for Large-Scale Aid at Rome II, Says Terror Will Stay Until Refugees Return Homeإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Lebanon's army has liberated the parts of land used to be occupied by the Islamic State extremist group with the help of the Resistance, as we urge aid countries to provide assistance for the country's security and military at the Rome II Aid conference scheduled on March 15, Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil said on Tuesday.
Bassil, speaking at a meeting in Kuwait of the U.S-led global coalition against the Islamic State, also said that terrorism will linger on until the refugees return back to their homeland.
Basisl was speaking in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait Sheikh Khalid al-Hamad al-Sabah, US Secretary of State Rex Tilerson, foreign ministers of 44 states and a number of representatives of regional and international organizations.
“My country's national army is poor in its equipment but rich in determination. It was able to liberate the land with the help of resistance people. We appeal to you to participate and provide assistance at the Rome II conference on March 15 which is dedicated to provide aid for the Lebanese army and security forces so we can eradicate terrorism,” said Bassil.
The Minister highlighted the pre-emptive measures undertaken by the security forces that succeeded at foiling several terror attacks.
The army has “a successful public policy in dismantling and eradicating terrorist cells based on the integration of our country's components and cooperation between its apparatuses and yours.”
Pointing to the influx of Syrian refugees and their impact on Lebanon, the Minister said: “Lebanon has fought for itself and is now fighting for you. It has paid for the policies that made it the most country to receive displaced people in the history of mankind. It is known that mass exodus can only be accompanied by terrorism or violence.”
“In the past, some had planted the eradication of the Palestinian state, and Lebanon has been besieged by a Palestinian refugee, accompanied by violence and extremism. Today, some have planted manipulation in the affairs of states and we have witnessed an unprecedented displacement,” he added.
“Terrorism will not end unless you open the way for the safe and dignified return of displaced people to their country,” he concluded.