Mansour Heads to Cairo: We Can't Accept that Hizbullah be Labeled Terroristإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour on Tuesday stressed that Lebanon cannot accept that Hizbullah be labeled as a “terrorist organization,” noting that Lebanon is still committed to the so-called self-dissociation policy.
Ahead of leaving Beirut for Cairo, where he will take part in an extraordinary meeting for Arab foreign ministers on Wednesday, Mansour said: “The meeting will be focused on the Syrian issue and the latest developments in this regard.”
Asked about his response if some countries raised the issue of labeling Hizbullah as a “terrorist organization” during the meeting, Mansour said: “The issue is settled. We cannot accept such a proposal, because Hizbullah is an indispensable part of the national and political Lebanese fabric.”
“It belongs to a national resistance that confronted the Israeli enemy and is still confronting its attacks, and as I said, it is a political party and it cannot be labeled as a terrorist party in any manner,” Mansour added.
On Sunday, Gulf states warned that they could take measures against Hizbullah in the near future.
The Gulf Cooperation Council "decided to look into taking measures against Hizbullah's interests in the member states," GCC chief Abdul Latif al-Zayani told reporters at the end of a ministerial meeting in the Saudi city of Jeddah.
But the council noted that placing Hizbullah on the GCC's "terror" list was "a technical and legal matter that needs to be further studied."
Answering a reporter's question, Mansour said: “As for the events in Syria and the Arab League resolutions over the situations in Syria, we had dissociated ourselves and we're still embracing this policy – the policy of dissociating ourselves from the events happening there.”
He also confirmed that he will raise in Cairo the issue of Israeli violations against Lebanon, after President Michel Suleiman tasked him with filing a U.N. complaint over Israel's acts.
The military support of Hizbullah has helped Syrian regime forces gain the upper hand in the battle for control of Qusayr, a key town for both the regime and the insurgents, where an army assault began last month, amid a Lebanese, regional and international outcry.
Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah had previously justified the group's involvement in Syria by saying they were defending Lebanese-inhabited border villages inside Syria and Shiite holy sites.
But during a May 25 speech marking the 13th anniversary of Israel's military withdrawal from Lebanon, Nasrallah said the Takfiris are the “most prevailing group in the Syrian opposition,” warning against a defeat against them in the ongoing war in Syria.
He said: “If Syria falls in the hands of the Takfiris and the United States, the resistance will become under a siege and Israel will enter Lebanon. If Syria falls, the Palestinian cause will be lost.”
it is called in denial.Dementia can hit us all, regardless of age,gender,religion, politicians. Eating a carrot will help somehow.
"If Syria falls, the Palestinian cause will be lost.”
I agree with this statement here. If Syria falls and the restoration processes coupled with the transition of power and the process of settling conflict among different rebel groups or insurgents in general in deciding who gets what, the country will be sufficiently chaotic that the entire middle eastern narrative will prevalently be about Syria, eclipsing the Palestinian issue.
Mansour on Tuesday stressed that Lebanon cannot accept that Hizbullah be labeled as a “terrorist organization,”... This traitorous lapdog is all gung-ho when it comes to defending Assad or the Iranian militia.