NNA - The President of the Council of Ministers Saad Hariri received this afternoon at the Center House a delegation from Hamas Movement that included the Political Bureau member Izzat al-Rishq, the members of the Arab and Islamic Relations Bureau Osama Hamdan and Ali Baraka and Hamas representative in Lebanon Dr. Ahmed Abdel Hadi, in the presence of the head of the Lebanese-Palestinian Dialogue Committee Hassan Mneimneh. Discussions focused on the repercussions of the measures taken by the Ministry of Labor. Hariri told the delegation that this matter is now in the hands of the Lebanese government.
After the meeting, al-Rishq said: “We were honored to meet with Prime Minister Hariri. We discussed with him the bilateral relations and the developments concerning the Palestinian situation and the Palestinian refugees after the issue related to the Labor Law. We also conveyed to him the greetings of Hamas political bureau head Ismail Haniyeh.
We told him that Haniyeh and the Hamas leadership are interested in what is happening in Lebanon and are keen on its stability and security, as well as on the rights of the Palestinian people and refugees. We explained to Premier Hariri that the refugees in Lebanon are not visitors or foreign workers but have a political character that should not be compromised because the violation of the status of the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon leads to the resettlement issue, which is totally rejected by the Palestinians and the Lebanese. Prime Minister Hariri was understanding toward this issue. We asked to solve this matter in a way that does not affect the rights of the refugees in Lebanon.
We heard important stances from Premier Hariri, who said that he understands that the Palestinian refugees differ from the foreign workers, and informed us that the issue is now in the hands of the Lebanese government.
We told him that we trust the government and its procedures, and we are proud of the Palestinian people and its peaceful way in expressing its rights in Lebanon, its keenness on the Lebanese civil peace and its respect and appreciation of the Lebanese state.”
He added: “We appreciate the Lebanese army and its position towards the peaceful movements, and we really hope that measures will be taken to address this issue. We always stress our keenness on Lebanon and its peace, stability and prosperity. We are always keen to resolve any Palestinian-Lebanese issue through dialogue. We expressed our satisfaction about the launch of the Joint Palestinian-Lebanese Dialogue Committee, hoping to solve all issues through this committee for the interest of the Palestinians in Lebanon and the interest of the Lebanese state.