Prime Minister Saad Hariri emphasized that “the French initiative has not ended,” noting that “this initiative wanted Lebanon to succeed and get it out of the impasse, and I do not know why they failed it.” His government is provocative names, and whoever brought down Hassan Diab’s government was the Beirut explosion. “
In an interview with the “Time Has Come” program, Hariri said: “The President of the Progressive Socialist Party, Walid Jumblatt, the head of the Lebanese Forces Party, Samir Geagea, and the head of the powerful Lebanon Bloc, Gebran Bassil, refused to take over the initiative government, so I decided to step aside.” He continued: “I am a candidate for prime minister without Jamila anyone. I have a parliamentary bloc and it is known who I am, but I do not threaten and promise as others do. Some critics and bidders want me to threaten and I will not do that, I am the son of moderate Rafik Hariri.”
“I am the natural candidate for prime minister and I will make a round of contacts this week, and if all the parties are still agreeing on the program of the Pine Palace in terms of negotiations with the IMF and the required reforms then I will not close the door on the only hope to stop the collapse.
And he added, “I will conduct a round of contacts with all political parties to find out the stability of their position and their approval of the French reform paper, and if everyone agrees, I will not close the door.” He continued:I refuse to return according to the formula, either Saad Hariri and Gebran Bassil are inside or outside the government, but I think it is no longer on the table. “
He said, “We agreed in the Pine Palace that political parties would leave this government and not interfere in naming ministers and allow the new government to complete and rebuild Beirut, and everyone agreed to privatization and increase taxes.”
Hariri assured that “the formation of a government of one color, as well as the government of Hassan Diab, will not obtain any support from the international community for Lebanon.” He added, “I was accused of forming the government of Dr. Mustafa Adeeb, but my job was only to warn Adeeb not to name people that provoke any political team, and to adhere to Saad Hariri’s nomination by Amal Movement and Hezbollah is only to avoid the Sunni-Shiite tension.”
He continued: “If I, like others, wanted popularity, I would have done as they do, and I did not offer initiatives and sacrifices. I am in favor of Lebanon and the Lebanese citizen, and my goal was the success of the French initiative.”
And Arf: “The President-designate Adeeb asked me if we were willing to change the French initiative and we said that no one would accept the re-naming of politicians in the government. My job in forming Adib’s government was to warn him of names that provoke some of the parties, and Mustafa Adib left this experience and returned to Berlin as he promised.” .
Hariri revealed that the last contact between him and the President of the Progressive Socialist Party, Walid Jumblatt, was “stormy,” and said: “The call took place at a moment when he was sitting with the French and he asked me to accept giving money to the Shiite sect for life.”
He said, “I am still in my position, which I declared, to accept giving the financial portfolio to the Shiite community. Faced with the collapse of the country, will we fight over the Ministry of Finance?”
And he added, “One of the most important items in President Macron’s paper is the independence of the judiciary, which is the only way to fight corruption.” He said, “I hope that they enter into my accounts and reveal what I owned 15 years ago and what I own today. Saad Hariri gave more of his wealth than all politicians.”
He pointed out that “in the country there are 3 projects: the Hezbollah project and the Amal movement linked to abroad, and a project that wants Lebanon to get out of this crisis and works on the principle of Lebanon first, and a project from the bidders who brought the country to where we are.”
Hariri believed that “any constitution in the world cannot succeed with the presence of parties that impose matters by force, and weapons impose some equations on the Lebanese that they reject.” And he said: “The Lebanese system is good, but the mentality by which things are managed is not cattle. There are parties that impose matters by force of arms, and from He has surplus power, which he uses to impose equations on the Lebanese. “
Hariri considered that “he cannot bear alone the responsibility for all the deterioration that has occurred,” and said, “I sacrifice because I reject the vacuum. We are living in a period of emptiness with a collapse. President Macron’s initiative was clear regarding reforms and going to negotiations with the International Monetary Fund to save the country financially.”
And he added: “I want the French initiative to succeed, so I accepted to give up the finance portfolio recently. When I agreed to the Shiite minister of finance, I said once, seeking to get things going. I said that the only way out of the crisis is to reshuffle the cards. The issue is not about changing a system but changing a method.” the work”.
Hariri added, “When there was a problem in the Ministry of Energy in Prime Minister Tammam Salam’s government, then Speaker Berri told me that the best solution is to rotate. If we walk around the rotation then in all good faith and the finance minister is Shiite, this does not mean that the Finance Ministry becomes the monopoly of the Shiite community.” We also reject any ministry being the monopoly of any sect. “
Hariri said, “The previous government was a government of specialists, brought by the political parties,” adding: “The moment we nominated Mustafa Adeeb, many began to criticize him and the unfortunate in the country there are those who began to market pictures of him in partisan and other meetings and who obstructed the issue.”
In addition, Hariri clarified that “the issue of border demarcation should have started 3 years ago,” considering it “a good thing for Lebanon.”
Hariri believed that “the problem is not a system problem, but a problem of minds and extremism in our positions, such as obstructing the country for 3 years to elect Michel Aoun as President of the Republic.”
He said, “There are some constitutional amendments that can be taken, but now is not the time for these titles.”
He added, “His Eminence, Mufti Abd al-Latif Derian does not want to use his pulpit to interject politics. Whatever we enter sects in political matters, positions are fossilized. Every person has the right to say his opinion on politics, but he must have an alternative or a solution, and if you do not provide a solution then this His name is bidding. “
Hariri expressed his fear “of a civil war, because what is happening in terms of arming and military strikes in most of Beirut’s streets and yesterday in Baalbek-Hermel represents the collapse of the state, and every trend indicates the collapse of the state.”
In addition, Hariri described the Director General of State Security, Major General Antoine Saliba, as a “puppet” of the President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, and said: “The Armed Forces Commander General Joseph Aoun, the Director General of Public Security Major General Abbas Ibrahim and the General Director of the Internal Security Forces, Major General Othman, bring all competencies into institutions.” .
In response to a question about the disagreement between him and his brother, Bahaa Hariri, Prime Minister Hariri said: “I do not talk about the family, and my shame is Baha.
Hariri emphasized that “no one can shake his relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” considering that “MP Gebran Bassil posed a danger to the covenant more than Geagea because he followed the logic of canceling others, and these differences that exposed the government led us to here.”
And he added, “My ally is the Lebanese people. My goal is how we want to stop the collapse of the country, not the allies.”
Hariri believed that “the intention to overthrow the governor of the Banque du Liban, Riad Salameh, was for malicious and political purposes, and I am in favor of him remaining in his position.”
He said, “I will conduct a round of contacts with all political parties to find out the stability of their position and their approval of the French reform paper, and if everyone agrees, I will not close the door.”
Regarding the file of the Beirut explosion, Hariri asserted that “I had no knowledge of the presence of ammonium nitrate in the port of Beirut.”
And he added, “We must be clear that the French initiative is the only and fastest way to rebuild Beirut. For me, the reconstruction of Beirut is a foregone conclusion, but there must be a general atmosphere in the country to start reconstruction.”
He said, “There are parties in the country who did not leave us with an Arab owner because of their positions, and Hezbollah’s intervention in Syria and Yemen brought misfortune to Lebanon.”
Regarding the general amnesty, Hariri said: “I am in favor of amnesty, but it must be within certain criteria. The oppressed must be removed, and those who killed the army and security forces cannot be removed from prison.”
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