03/08/2022

Sovereign Front for Lebanon meets at headquarters of Lebanese Forces party

MAARAB, Lebanon — The weekly meeting of the Sovereign Front for Lebanon was held at the headquarters of Lebanese Forces in Maarab, Lebanon.

The meeting was chaired by the Head of the Lebanese Forces, Samir Geagea, in the presence of President of the Universal Syriac Union Party (USUP), Ibrahim Mrad, USUP Secretary-General Michel Mallo, and members of the Front.

After the meeting, Secretary of the Interior of the National Liberal Party Camille Chamoun read a statement that addressed the issue of demarcating the maritime borders with Israel.

“The Front considers that the rhetoric that Hezbollah does nothing but attempt to reap the fruits of the success of the U.S.-sponsored negotiations for themselves,” said Chamoun. “Hezbollah attempts to say that its weapon resulted in the demarcation as an excuse to maintain its illegal arsenal.”

A statement released following the meeting stressed that the handling of the illegal detention of Archbishop Mousa el-Hage is still unsatisfactory. The issue will remain unresolved, according to the statement, until everything confiscated from Archbishop el-Hage is returned, especially the aid for the poor, and the removal of judge Fadi Akiki.

It added that the aggression towards the Syriac Maronite Patriarchate is unacceptable, and the Sovereign Front will not remain silent in the face of such attacks. The Sovereign Front will stand by the Syriac Maronite Patriarch Mor Bechara Boutros al-Rai and support his advocacy for Lebanon’s sovereignty.

On the eve of the 2nd anniversary of the massive explosion at Beirut’s port which killed at 218 people, injured over 7,000 others, and caused billions of euros in damage. Chamoun called for the formation of an international fact-finding committee to reveal the unhidden truth of the blast given the inability of Lebanese authorities to discover what happened.

“The truth of the blast has not been revealed after the five-day period, due to placing obstacles before the Lebanese judiciary to prevent it from carrying out its duty,” he concluded.