Rifi: Hariri Reconciliation a Barricade against Those Targeting Our Sect


Firebrand Major General Ashraf Rifi, who served as justice minister and Internal Security Forces chief, on Thursday said that his recent reconciliation with Prime Minister Saad Hariri is aimed at “repelling” those who are “targeting” the Sunni community.

“Together we made a big step to turn the page on fragmentation and disputes and I'm fully confident that this reconciliation is in the interest of our cause and objectives regarding independence, sovereignty and the state of institutions,” Rifi said at a press conference to officially announce his withdrawal from Tripoli's parliamentary by-election.

“It is also clearly a firm barricade that will repel those targeting our sect with the corruption accusation after they had accused it of terrorism,” Rifi added about his reconciliation with Hariri.

Rifi and Hariri had met Tuesday at ex-PM Fouad Saniora's resident in Beirut after which the major general announced that he would withdraw from the race in Tripoli and instead back Hariri's candidate Dima Jamali.

Jamali's membership of the 2018 parliament had been recently revoked by the Constitutional Council over vote rigging suspicions.

“To Sheikh Saad Hariri I say: today my hand is extended and our relation is now built on further frankness, and in the name of this reconciliation and the vast majority who were pleased by it, I will stand by you in the face of what is targeting you, in defense of the state, the constitution, the Taef Accord and coexistence, and to preserve our Lebanese and Arab community which is an essential component of this country,” Rifi added on Thursday.

He also noted that he had disagreed with Hariri over “the concessions in the face of the illegitimate arms as long as these arms continued to take over the state and its institutions.”

Referring to the latest controversy over the issue of the “missing” $11 billion and the war of words between Saniora and Hizbullah, Rifi said: “Those who respect the judiciary must hand over those accused of assassinating Rafik Hariri and those accused of the attempt on (ex-)MP Butros Harb's life.”

“Those who respect the judiciary do not establish the Resistance Brigades militia which comprises ex-felons and fugitives and those who respect the judiciary must hand over the killers of the martyr Samer Hanna,” he added.

Accusing Hizbullah of other corruption-related practices, Rifi went on to say: “Hizbullah would be mistaken if it thinks that it can confront us one by one, seeing as we become one man when storms arise.”

Comments 14
Thumb ice-man 6 months

Allah nassrallah rifi w'bassss

Thumb eagledawn 6 months


Thumb marcus 6 months


you must be secular ya heretic.

Thumb doodle-dude 6 months

The international community should not allow anyone to barricade blablablablablabla's deep and wide luv tunnel as it is a major revenue generator for Lebanon. Visitors the world over come to Lebanon to enjoy its pleasures and mysteries.

Thumb Spotter 6 months

one sectarian shia french troll of european parents spotted
logged tagged and processed

Thumb beatryce 6 months

pourquoi mon cher jaafar, pourquoi?

Thumb s.o.s 6 months

Parce qu’il fait partie de la tribu préhistorique dans l’Arabia Felix : le fameux, ou plutôt l’infâme homo huthius.

Thumb s.o.s 6 months

Thumb tric.portugal 6 months

The biggest sect in Lebanon... In refugies have million...

Thumb tric.portugal 6 months

The biggest sect in Lebanon... In refugies have million...

Missing un520 6 months

I am 100% with Rifi on this one. Hand over the accused in cases such as Samer Hanna, Rafik Hariri, Boutros Harb etc....THEN we can talk about justice.

Thumb s.o.s 6 months

Akeed, whether one likes him or not, Ashraf General Rifi is speaks logically like a Vulcan does.

Thumb whyaskwhy 6 months

Everyone is ready to use big words such as together we will defeat all the enemies in the universe and he cannot cross the street without umpteen body guards in Lebanon. When will people ever wake up and see how hapless these so called leaders truly are? What can Riffi do if Kizballah thugs shot up his Mercedes motorcade? or if Imbecile was to cut of electricity from Tripoli? nothing but add another speech like the rest about how we shall fight them on the beeches, we shall fight them on the shores and in reality you have surrendered already. This is Lubnanistan were talking about here Riffi wake and smell the roses you are besieged.

Thumb warrior 6 months

Are you still CEO and Chairman of multi-billion dollar companies trading on the stock market ya abbas?