Aoun: Syria Ties Already Normalized, Siege on Hizbullah Affects All Lebanese

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President Michel Aoun on Thursday noted that Lebanon's ties with Syria are already “normalized,” warning that any siege on Hizbullah would “affect all Lebanese.”

“The ties with Syria are normalized, seeing as they're characterized by the presence of an ambassador in each of the two countries, and therefore they're not severed,” Aoun said in an interview with reporters of Russian-owned media outlets on the eve of an upcoming visit to Moscow.

“Lebanon wants to take part in its reconstruction,” Aoun added, referring to war-torn Syria.

Aoun also accused the international community of “taking refugees as a hostage in order to receive the price in the political solution.”

“Lebanon takes notice of the international conditions but it will act according to its higher interest,” the president added.

Moreover, Aoun revealed that U.N. refugee agency chief Filippo Grandi has informed Lebanese officials that “the situation of those returning to Syria is good and they are living in comfort.”

Separately, the president said “Lebanon is a neutral country and will not engage in wars.”

“It is rather seeking friendships with everyone and the siege on Hizbullah affects all Lebanese,” Aoun added.

He also described the relations with Russia as “historic,” saying Lebanon is “seeking to develop them on all levels.”

Earlier in the day, the Lebanese Presidency announced that Aoun's visit to Russia has been officially scheduled for March 25-26.

“President Michel Aoun will carry out an official visit to the Russian Federation on March 25 and 26, at an invitation from his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin,” the Presidency said in a statement.

According to the statement, the president will meet Putin on Tuesday and will also hold talks with a number of Russian officials.

Comments 6
Thumb ___flamethrower___ 21 March 2019, 16:26

Never has Lebanon known or seen a president as respected as this one, ever!

Thumb ex-fpm 21 March 2019, 17:46

Separately, the president said “Lebanon is a neutral country and will not engage in wars.”

What is your hezbollah doing in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Bahrain, Nigeria, etc.... spreading the gospel?

Thumb whyaskwhy 21 March 2019, 18:28

Just a reminder to the many Xennials here who may have been to young to understand this dwarfs contribution towards Lebanons past.
1. He was not only vocal about cleaning corruption in the past but went a few steps further and used the Lebanese army to annihilate those who opposed him primarily from the Christian opposition party's. The result of which was one of the largest single source attributed number of death from the civil war.
2. He claimed he wanted to have Syria leave lebanon and allow our nation its full independence from Syria. We all know how this ended and Baabda was captured by the Syrian armay and clown forced to flee ....with the loss of hundreds of lives but he did manage to appropriate $100MM at the time ....
3. His migration ignited [protested from supporters in Lebanon who claimed he was the promised Mahdi or Massiah most got jailed and some diapered/died at the hands of Syria.
years later he brings the syrians right back in....

Thumb s.o.s 21 March 2019, 18:45

Aoun can get on his knees and smd. We , the people, reject normalisation with Syria and no, a siege on Iranian hizbala isn’t a siege on all Lebanese. Quite the opposite.

Man, sometimes I wish I was an armed thug like his goons, he’d be dealt with swiftly.

Missing un520 21 March 2019, 23:09

Its the other way around: Hezbollahs dangerous play with war and terror affects all lebanese.

Thumb thepatriot 22 March 2019, 01:54

I feel shameful that Michel Aoun is my President... he has No honour, no clue about Independance and Sovereignty!