“Lebanon is the country of coexistence. There is no difference between Lebanese Muslims and Christians. We have taken a decision not to join any axis…. we don’t want to be in the Iranian-Syrian axis. We want to be in the moderate Lebanese-Arab axis.”
Lebanon’s Parliament Majority Leader
Son of assassinated Anti-Syrian Prime Minister Rafik Hariri
December 14, 2006
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** The Valentines Day Massacre, February 14, 2005…
Rafik Hariri, Saad’s father and a self-made billionaire and business tycoon, was the Prime Minister of Lebanon from 1992 to 1998 and again from 2000 until his resignation on 20 October 2004. Rafik was assassinated on 14 February 2005 when explosives equivalent to around 1000 kg of TNT were detonated as his motorcade drove past the St George Hotel in the Lebanese capital, Beirut.
Lebanon’s Parliament majority leader Saad Hariri said Thursday he has informed Iran that it is playing a “dangerous role” in “splitting” the Sunni and Shiite Moslems in Lebanon.
“Iran is playing a dangerous role in this regard and I’ve sent them a letter through their ambassador, informing them” of that, Hariri said in an interview with Algerian TV.
“Lebanon is the country of coexistence. There is no difference between Lebanese Muslims and Christians,” he said.
“We have taken a decision not to join any axis…. we don’t want to be in the Iranian-Syrian axis. We want to be in the moderate Lebanese-Arab axis,” Hariri added.
Saad Hariri (R), whose own father was assassinated, is shown here comforting Former Lebanese President Amin Gemayel (C) who cries following the funeral for Gemayel’s assassinated son, Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel, in Beirut November 23, 2006. Christian Maronite leader Samir Geagea is on the left. (REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir)
He denied that other parties are taking part in a Hezbollah-led open-ended sit-in in downtown Beirut aimed at toppling Premier Fouad Siniora’s government.
“They say that other forces are participating with Hezbollah in it (sit-in) but that is not true. The Hezbollah leadership took this decision based on instructions from Iran,” he said.
Hariri also blamed Syria for the current crisis gripping Lebanon.
“After the end of the Israeli offensive on Lebanon, (Syrian President) Bashar Assad clearly said that the March 14 coalition is an Israeli product and should be toppled,” Hariri said.
There have been 5 Lebanese officials assassinated in Beirut in the last year and a half. They were all Anti-Syrian.
Abu Kais has the latest at From Beirut to the Beltway.