Lebanese Forces party leader, Samir Geagea, chaired the meeting of the "Strong Republic" parliamentary bloc held in Maarab after which he read a statement that dwelled on the bloc's "appreciation for the efforts exerted by Premier-designate Saad Hariri to form a new government. The bloc calls on obstructing parties to cease their practices, so as to facilitate the process of formation urgently needed by the country."
"In the same context, the bloc deplores the attempts of pressure and intimidation exercised by those same obstructers on the PM-designate, and which are aimed at one single goal, namely pushing the PM to adopt a government with a configuration that does not reflect the representative reality created by the recent elections, and thus does not reflect his convictions," he said.
"We will not make any alliances to counter the current mandate," the LF leader assured however.
The statement shed light on "the bloc's condemnation to the ongoing campaign against Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health, Ghassan Hasbani, a campaign that has been going on for several months with the aim of falsifying the facts and spreading rumors in order to distort the image of Minister Hasbani, hence the image of the Lebanese Forces Ministers after they managed to win the confidence and appreciation of the overwhelming majority of the Lebanese, based on their good ministerial performance, their service to the citizens and their proper approach to all files, in addition to their honesty, integrity and transparency."
He pointed out that "the Strong Republic looks with satisfaction at what was reached of US-Russian understanding over the return of Syrian refugees to Syria as soon as possible, starting from Jordan and Lebanon."
"The bloc values in this context the series of contacts held by the Premier-designate with the Russian side in particular to give special attention to the return of displaced from Lebanon and to start implementing such a return the soonest possible. The Lebanese Forces puts all its relations, at home and abroad, at the service of this plan in order to make it a success."
Source: National News Agency