Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri issued the following statement:
“Solidarity with our people in the Bekaa town of al-Qaa is solidarity with the right of the Lebanese to sovereignty over their land and their rejection of the terrorist storm that claimed the lives of innocent citizens who have nothing to do with the axes of wars and incitement in the region.
I raise my voice in condemnation of this crazy terrorist attack that only aims at killing freely, offending Islam and Muslims and stirring instincts in order to spread discord in all directions.
To confront the risks coming from the Syrian war, we can only emphasize the exclusive role of the state and its security and military forces in fighting the plague of terrorism that is slipping into our country.
The Lebanese army and security forces are sole responsible for protecting the borders and ensuring security and safety of all Lebanese.
For more than two years we have been calling for an official plan to deal with the repercussions of the Syrian exodus and for a decision that enables the army to form a border force tasked with isolating Lebanon from the Syrian fire. We also called for a national conference to formulate “Lebanon’s declaration” in the face of extremism and terrorism.
Today I reiterate the call for a national stance that overcomes all political considerations and loyalties and makes the interests of Lebanon and the Lebanese prevail over any external interest and links.
There is no other way to protect Lebanon except through comprehensive discipline under the ceiling of the higher national interest, of the state and of the military and security forces. Otherwise, Lebanon will remain an arena for intervention, infiltration and sabotage.
Lebanon’s strength is in the cohesion of its people and the unity of the Lebanese stance in support of the state and its legitimate institutions, and not in unilateral decisions and in importing wars to our land and regions”.
Source: National News Agency