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Aoun in Lebanon calls for defense dialogue, close ties with Arab countries

Warning that Arab countries are “collapsed,” President Aung calls for urgent dialogue on fiscal recovery plans, administrative and fiscal decentralization, and defense strategies.

“What is the reason for the tension in your relationship with these? [Gulf] Lebanese President Michel Aoun said: (Reuters)

Lebanese President Michel Aoun called for a national dialogue on issues, including defense strategies, saying it was the sole responsibility of the country.

In a speech aired on Monday, Aung also asked why relations were in tension, following comments from the Minister of the Hezbollah Alliance on the Yemeni war that caused the diplomatic crisis in October, and the Gulf Arab States. He said he wanted the best relationship with him.

The alliance between Maronite Christians Aung and Hezbollah has shaped Lebanese politics for 16 years.

However, tensions have recently surfaced, pointing to the possibility of a reorganization ahead of the May parliamentary election, where Hezbollah’s adversaries hope to overturn the majority won by the group and its allies in 2018.

The new parliament will elect a new head of state next year.

Hezbollah helped promote Aung to president in 2016, and the president and his free patriotism movement provided important political support for Hezbollah to possess more powerful weapons than the Lebanese army.

Aung is nearing the end of his six-year term with Lebanon in what the World Bank calls one of the most radical economic collapses ever recorded.

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Warning that the state is “collapsed,” Aung called for urgent dialogue on fiscal recovery plans, administrative and fiscal decentralization, and defense strategies.

“It is true that the defense of the country requires the cooperation of the military, the people and the resistance, but the main responsibility is the responsibility of the country. Only the country implements and participates in the implementation of the defense strategy,” Aung said on television. Said in the speech. , Without naming Hezbollah.

Hezbollah’s opponents have ties to wealthy Gulf Arab countries whose arsenal has weakened the state, involved Lebanon in regional conflicts, and once invested heavily in Beirut but avoided it for years. I’ve been saying for a long time that I hurt.

Hezbollah, formed in 1982, says its weapons are essential to protect Lebanon from Israel. It also says that the fighter protected Lebanon from militants like Daesh in Syria.

“We want good relations with Arab countries, especially the Gulf countries,” Aung said. “What is the legitimacy of tensioning relations with these states and interfering with issues that are not relevant to us?” Stated.

He also said it was imperative that the government convene after more than two months without a meeting.

Hezbollah and its ally, Amal, hoped that the judge who led the investigation into the 2020 Beirut port explosion would be removed and refused to meet until the issue was on the agenda. Prime Minister Najib Mikati said the issue was outside the authority of the Cabinet.

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Source: Reuters

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