Bassil: U.S. Asking for Things We Can't Do, Syrian Returnees Not Persecuted

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Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil announced Monday that the U.S. is asking Lebanon to carry out things that are not in its capacity, as he denied reports that Syrians returning home from Lebanon are being “tortured and persecuted.”

“The Americans are asking us for things that we cannot carry out and do not agree to,” Bassil said in an interview in Moscow with RT television.

The minister is accompanying President Michel Aoun on his first official visit to Russia.

“Nothing prevents the Lebanese parties from dealing with Hizbullah, seeing as it is a Lebanese component, and Washington’s laws are its own concern,” Bassil added, referring to the United States’ designation of Hizbullah as a terrorist group.

“The Americans are offering unconditional aid and we will reject any conditional aid, seeing as any attempt to link aid to an effort to naturalize displaced people or refugees is rejected,” Bassil went on to say.

As for the repatriation of Syrian refugees to their country, the minister said “any talk of torture and persecution against the Syrian returnees is aimed at preventing their return.”

“I have asked the foreign ministers of world powers to provide us with information” in this regard, he added.

Bassil also warned that the naturalization of Palestinian refugees would be “a crime against Lebanon, Palestine and the region,” noting that “we are capable of defeating this scheme.”

“Israel does not respect international laws and the U.S. is supporting it despite of that,” Bassil lamented.

He also emphasized that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “cannot defeat Lebanon even if he uses his entire military arsenal.”

As for the purchase of weapons for the Lebanese Army from Russia, Bassil said Lebanon will not reject “unconditional” aid from Moscow.

“We are confident that Russia will not ask Lebanon to do something that would harm its interest,” he added.

“We want strategic ties with Russia and I reiterate the call for the rise of an alliance between American and Russian firms in the issue of gas” in Lebanon, Bassil went on to say.

The foreign minister and Free Patriotic Movement chief also emphasized that Lebanon is “the country of balances and the presence of domestic and external balances is in its interest.”

“We are people who build bridges and we cannot discriminate between the components of our people,” he added.

SourceNaharnet
Comments 12
Thumb galaxy 25 March 2019, 17:21

“The Americans are offering unconditional aid and we will reject any conditional aid, seeing as any attempt to link aid to an effort to naturalize displaced people or refugees is rejected,” Bassil went on to say."

A few days ago:

Bassil Says Donors Want to 'Naturalize' Syrians
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/257923-bassil-says-not-targeting-certain-party-donors-want-to-naturalize-syrians

Thumb janoubi 25 March 2019, 18:00

So America the donor offers unconditional aid and at the same time wants to naturalize syrians? This guy is a total disaster.

Thumb ashtah 25 March 2019, 18:31

lol

Thumb canadianleb 26 March 2019, 01:25

At the end of the day no Country gives another Country aid unconditionally. They will give them the aid and when they become dependent on the aid the conditions become clear.

Thumb warrior 26 March 2019, 04:06

Only Iran gives unconditionally, just ask nasrallah.

Thumb canadianleb 25 March 2019, 18:26

There is no such thing as unconditional aid. No Country will give another Country unconditional aid, they will always want something in return regardless of what they say. So be careful at first the aid will be given freely and when you are hooked and dependent on the aid to survive the conditions become known.

Thumb s.o.s 25 March 2019, 18:34

He looks more miserable than the usual with his broken wrist. May he suffer greatly from rheumatism in the future. His political statements aren’t worth commenting.

Thumb Mrknowitall 25 March 2019, 18:38

Jebran Bassil denied reports that Syrians returning home from Lebanon are being tortured and persecuted.
Elias Bou Saab: the Syrian presence in Lebanon was never an act of occupation.
The FPM had turned into a bunch of Wiam Wahhab, Assaad Hardan and Fayez Shukr wannabes.

Thumb extraterrestrial.alien 25 March 2019, 19:16

Enough with the charade. The only one who's underhandedly and covertly naturalizing Syrians and Palestinians is Michel Aoun. He tried to sneak in his naturalization decree with hundreds of undeserving Syrian government officials and bigwigs but got caught. And if they all could pay Gebran's commission he'll naturalize every single Syrian and Palestinian living in Lebanon and a few who can't find Lebanon on a map of Lebanon.

https://vimeo.com/273326377
https://www.apnews.com/473643590e15454c8437c3179112abf6

Thumb warrior 26 March 2019, 04:40

Bassil should have never become a minister.

Thumb enterprise 26 March 2019, 07:14

he was forced you know.

Thumb eagledawn 26 March 2019, 07:18

"libanaisresilient 2 days ago
Long live Bassil the future President of Lebanese republic!"