Assad calls for 'dialogue and consensus' in Lebanon in meeting with Aoun


Former president and Free Patriotic Movement founder Michel Aoun held a meeting Tuesday in Damascus with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

A statement issued by Aoun’s office said the ex-president briefed Assad on “the dangerousness of the European stance that is rejecting the return of the displaced Syrians to their country and which is seekin to integrate them in the Lebanese society.”

The Europeans are “exerting all forms of pressure to prevent this return, claiming that they are protecting them from the regime in Syria,” the statement added.

Aoun also underscored the “importance of national unity” in Lebanon, noting that “the Lebanese are clinging to it despite all distortion.”

Assad for his part told Aoun that “Syria has been and is still ready to welcome its sons,” adding that “this is an issue that should take place through communication and cooperation between the two states.”

A statement carried by Syria’s news agency SANA meanwhile said that Assad told Aoun that “the Lebanese can create their political and economic stability through dialogue and consensus, and most importantly through clinging to principles instead of betting on changes.”

Assad also expressed his “confidence in the ability of the Lebanese to overcome all problems and challenges,” the statement said.

Comments 2
Missing HellAndWaite 06 June 2023, 23:58

With all due disrespect, Assad has a hard enough time aspiring to run his own country. His opinion about how Lebanon ought to proceed is laughable in his presuming that his singular history of failure, capitulating, and subordinating a once great country to the vanities of Iran and Russia are in any way instructive to Lebanese.

Get your countrymen out of Lebanon and go play with your supposed friends. Look East, not West for Lebanon has suffered enough by your hand.

Missing cedars 07 June 2023, 01:41

Did you return the jailed Army officers that fought with you Aoun from the syrian jails?
How about the missing soldiers cases?
You are worried about the displacement of the ruthless regime of their own people meanwhile you did the same with your own officers.