Safadi: We Reject Defiant Rhetoric, Residents of Tripoli Support Dialogue and Moderation

Minister of Economy and Trade Mohammad al-Safadi condemned on Monday statements issued from Tripoli on Sunday on the occasion of the Muslim New Year, describing them as defiant rhetoric.

He stressed that he opposes any challenge that may drag the country into a cycle of challenges and retaliations, adding that the residents of Tripoli support moderation and dialogue.

“With all due respect to those who spoke on this occasion, but responding to a challenge with another one does not serve Lebanon’s national interest,” the minister pointed out.

“This is the last thing that we need,” Safadi added.