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Soueid sees hope in Arab and international attention

Post by Admin on Sun Apr 20, 2008 6:08 am

March
14 General Secretariat coordinator and former MP Fares Soueid commented
on David Welch's visit to Lebanon, saying the visit served “to confirm
that Lebanon is still at the heart of international attention after the
Arab community confirmed to Prime Minister Fouad Siniora that Lebanon
is also at the heart of Arab attention.”


On
Thursday, US Assistant Secretary of State David Welch met with Prime
Minister Fouad Siniora, Speaker Nabih Berri and Progressive Socialist
Party leader Walid Jumblatt. On Friday, he met with Maronite Patriarch
Nasrallah Sfeir and Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea.


Soueid
said Arab desire to resolve the hanging crisis in Lebanon met a
parallel international desire through the immediate election of a
president, free from “restrictions that some parties seek to impose on
the election.”


In
an interview with the Voice of Lebanon radio station, Soueid said he
expected more support for the election of a Lebanese president in the
Kuwait Conference, which France is said to be planning.


“The
Arab world, which will meet in Kuwait, knows full well that the key to
stability in the Arab world and perhaps also in the Islamic world
begins with the stability of Lebanon,” Soueid said.


The
former MP pointed out that the civil movements happening “in certain
parts of Lebanon, particularly in Christian regions,” organized by
municipalities and village leaders, are “an affirmation of the desire
to end this crisis.”


Soueid
said the scene in Lebanon today is an “inverted image” of what it was
at the outbreak of the civil war in 1975, when Arab countries wanted to
limit violence in Lebanon to protect their capitals. “Today, they are
fully aware that the stability of Lebanon, the election of a new
president and the regular function of institutions in Lebanon…
underline and facilitate the stability of the region,” he added.


“Thus,
hype that there will be a civil war and that there is an international
or Arab waiver on the Lebanese issues has fallen.”


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