NNA - Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri chaired this evening at the Center House a meeting of the Future Parliamentary Bloc in the presence of former Deputy Speaker Farid Makary and a number of former Future Movement ministers and MPs.
At the end of the meeting the following statement was read by MP Hadi Hobeish:
The bloc started its meeting by reviewing the information concerning a missile explosion during the visit of PM Saad Hariri to the Bekaa two weeks ago, and stressed that the incident should be placed in the framework defined by the statement of the Internal Security Forces and the statement issued by the Press office of Prime Minister Hariri.
The bloc stressed that the investigation conducted by the concerned security authorities will determine the difference between what was reported about an attempt to target the convoy and the actual causes of the explosion. It asked the partisans and supporters not to make any pre-judgments before the end of the investigation, to stay cautious and calm, preserve civil peace, and remain alert to the attempts of stirring sectarian and national strife.
The bloc then discussed the situation in the country and concluded the following:
First: The bloc notes that the statement issued by the last Baabda meeting is not up to the level of the monetary and socio-economic challenges, and instead of addressing these challenges and explaining to the Lebanese the deep reasons for the failure of government, it practiced the policy of escaping to political and security issues, invoking the tools of risk of discord as if the country stands on the brink of a civil explosion and sectarian lineups, which can bring down civil peace at any moment. The Bloc was disturbed that the statement tried to demonize the popular movement and hold it responsible of breaking the law and stirring sectarian strife. It stopped at the comments attributed to the President of the Republic, that directly warned from the entry of elements "wearing the character of teams specialized in terrorism” in the demonstrations, in addition to the saying by the Minister of the Interior that the events in Idlib would lead to the arrival of ISIS to Lebanon.
This approach to the popular movement is surprising and similar to the approaches adopted by the Syrian regime with the Syrian revolution that it demonized and deviated from its peaceful and civil reality and drowned in the sands of extremism, terrorism and civil conflicts, which does not correspond to the political and popular realities and the demands advocated by Lebanese men and women from all walks of life and in all regions. The Baabda meeting failed in the national consensus test, reflected the division between the main political components and increased them due to the lack of necessary preparation for it, as Patriarch Al-Rai said in his last sermon, instead of constituting an occasion for convergence and reconciliation of the state with public opinion and the renewal of the dialogue mechanisms that the Baabda Declaration in the era of former President Michel Suleiman ended with. The absence of the Taif Agreement from the meeting, the statement and the speeches delivered is an additional point of failure, and the bloc warns against the persistence to ignore real problems and priorities in addressing the social issue and confronting the monetary collapse, by escaping to a political agenda that goes further than the adventure of amending the constitution and going back in time.
Second: The bloc calls all the Lebanese, despite the harsh living conditions and the insults they are facing when standing in line to buy bread, gas or fuel, to stop closing the main roads and not give excuses to any person or party for incitement and threats against civil peace. The bloc condemns some of the positions issued in this regard and calls on political and party leaders and the concerned authorities to deal with the cries of the citizens and their social and living pain in a spirit of responsibility. It warned the mandate and the government not to disregard the crisis of the US dollar exchange rate and considers that if this crisis is not addressed, the country and the situation are heading towards a popular social explosion the end of which no one knows.
Third: The bloc considers the problem caused by a judge about the statements of the American ambassador an unsuccessful attempt to immerse the judiciary back into files that are not within its competence, and a populist measure that lacks the basic conditions of dealing with the foreign diplomatic corps and the role that Lebanese media play in conveying the opinions of all parties concerned with Lebanon and the region. The bloc lauds in this regard the action taken by the Supreme Judicial Council, especially since the use of the judiciary by any party or judge to settle political accounts constitutes the climax of disregard for the constitution, the law and the supreme interests of the state. It presents to the world a distorted picture of a justice that is not worthy of Lebanon, its people and its distinguished history in media freedoms.
Fourth: The bloc is following with great concern the developments taking place in the Lebanese border village of Al-Tufail, after what was reported by the media about moving agricultural lands in what appears to be a black scheme of displacement among plans of demographic change. It is also surprised by the silence of the mandate and the government about this renewed crime committed against Al-Tufail and its people and not defending their dignity as Lebanese citizens and an integral part of the national dignity.
Fifth: The bloc considered that the decision of the Israeli government to annex parts of the West Bank and the Jordan Valley is rejected and condemned, and constitutes a new attack on the Palestinian people and the Palestinian Authority. It considered that this decision would contribute to escalating the situation in the region on the military, security and political levels. It calls on the international community and the Arab League to assume their responsibility in rejecting this decision and preventing its implementation. It declares its solidarity with the Palestinian people and its right to return to its independent state, with Jerusalem as its capital.
Sixth: The bloc heard from the President of the Health Committee Assem Araji a detailed explanation of the health conditions in Lebanon since the beginning of the corona pandemic, the measures taken and the role of the Health Committee during this crisis, whether from the health or social aspects, and the leading role of the hospital of the martyr President Rafic Hariri in addressing the pandemic, as it was the first line of defense for health safety in Lebanon. It considered that with the lifting of the closure procedures, the opening of the airport on the first of July and the return of up to two thousand Lebanese every day, following the preventive measures should be emphasized to prevent the outbreak again, especially since we have noticed an increase in cases of Covid-19 in the past few days. The medicine draft law adopted by the Health Committee, which regulates the pharmaceutical sector in Lebanon, was also discussed. This law is similar to the laws in force in the leading countries in regulating the pharmaceutical sector.
The bloc was also informed by the heads of the Education and Health Committees of the approved clinical pharmacy law, which is a branch of pharmaceutical science that can be practiced in hospitals and health institutions as well as in private pharmacies, according to which clinical pharmacists provide the guarantee of the best use of medicine.
Seventh: The bloc discussed the repercussions of the corona crisis and the economic situation on the educational sector, schools, teachers, parents and students, and the official confusion in dealing with these repercussions. In this context, the bloc heard from MP Bahia Hariri, as head of the Parliamentary Education Committee, her assessment of the current educational situation in its various aspects and the outcome of her meetings so far with the various parties in the educational sector, which focus on two tracks: Legislative represented in following up the relevant draft laws, and practical through a full monitoring with information and figures of the reality of the problems facing education in both its official and private sectors.-- Hariri Press Office