Diab: Civil Peace is Everyone’s Responsibility, Not Only Govt.’s

Newly-assigned Lebanese Prime Minister, Hassan Diab, speaks to journalists after his meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun at the presidential palace, in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. Aoun named Diab as prime minister after a day of consultations with lawmakers in which he gained a simple majority of the 128-member parliament. Sixty-nine lawmakers, including the parliamentary bloc of the Shiite Hezbollah and Amal movements as well as lawmakers affiliated with President Michel Aoun gave him their votes. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Prime Minister Hassan Diab on Monday stressed the importance of “preserving civil peace,” warning that “all Lebanese would pay the price for any stability setback, not only a single group or region.”

“The protection of civil peace is the national responsibility of all political forces, not only the government, that’s why no one can evade this responsibility regardless of their position,” Diab said during his meetings on Monday.

“What happened on Saturday was an alarm bell,” the PM added, referring to the sectarian unrest in several Lebanese regions.

“Continuing this performance and these political stances will lead to a collapse that will affect all Lebanese,” he warned.

He also cautioned that “stirring discord resembles national treason,” calling on all those keen on the country and its people to “confront all sedition schemes.”

“It is unacceptable, in any way whatsoever, to exploit people’s concerns for political gains,” Diab went on to say.

Source Naharnet


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