Geagea to Nasrallah: We Won't Coordinate with a Regime that is More Brutal than IS
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea hit back at Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Friday, stressing that there cannot be official coordination “with a regime that is more brutal than the Islamic State group.”
Nasrallah had on Thursday announced that “the Syrian leadership will cooperate” in any negotiations with the IS group involving the fate of the captive Lebanese troops “on the condition of receiving an official Lebanese request for public coordination.”
Hizbullah's chief “is harming the Lebanese army through insisting on coordination between the Lebanese and Syrian armies and Hizbullah in Operation Dawn of the Outskirts, while knowing that such a declaration would harm the army, seeing as a lot of countries helping it in various forms would cease their support should they realize that it is coordinating with” Hizbullah and Syria's army, said Geagea in an interview with al-Markazia news agency.
And condemning what he called Nasrallah's “use of the captive troops file to pressure the Lebanese government into holding official and public talks with the Syrian government,” Geagea emphasized that “there cannot be coordination with a regime that is more brutal than the IS group.”
As for Nasrallah's addition of the Syrian army into the so-called “army-people-resistance equation,” Geagea noted that Nasrallah's “real equation” also involves Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces and Iran's Revolutionary Guard.
“How can you assume that we would accept an equation that has nothing to do with the country? Where are the Lebanese entity, state, National Pact, coexistence, model and message in this equation?” Geagea added, addressing Nasrallah.
“For us, the essential equation will always remain: Lebanese people, Lebanese state and Lebanese army,” Geagea stressed.