Hasbani says there are some who are pushing towards an economic collapse to create an agreement that suits them more than the Taif

Deputy Prime Minister Ghassan Hasbani said Saturday that "reconciliation based on interests eventually leads to the dismantling of the state," adding that "there are those who push us towards economic collapse, directly or indirectly, in order to create a more suitable agreement than the Taif accord."

"There is no doubt that the Taif agreement is being targeted with an attempt to replace it with something else," he said, speaking in an interview with "Voice of the Orient" Radio Station earlier today.

On the issue of border control, Hasbani said that Lebanon is incurring huge losses in levying and smuggling, adding, "I call on the Defense Minister not to take things personal when we talk about land borders...The official borders at the ports and crossings must be monitored and controlled, since smuggling occurs whether there is one uncontrolled crossing or 150."

On the Lebanese Forces ministers' contribution within the cabinet, Hasbani said: "Many hope that the ministers of the Lebanese Forces will resign from the government, but they will not do so because they have an impact within the cabinet and their goal is true partnership."

Hasbani also noted that certain sides do not wish to see Lebanon rise and overcome its crises, in a bid to keep the country annexed to them since they are well aware that when Lebanon becomes a true strong republic, there can be no more meddling in its internal affairs.

The Minister also cautioned against the economic crisis caused by security instability as a result of the illegitimate weapons and instability in public policy in Lebanon, in addition to the US sanctions imposed on Hezbollah.

Hasbani seized the chance to reiterate that "the state's weapons alone must defend Lebanon and its sovereignty."

Source: National News Agency