Miqati: We Won't Leave Lebanon in Political Vacuum that Leads to Chaos
Prime Minister Najib Miqati stressed on Tuesday that dialogue is the best means to unite and enforce Lebanon in light of the current dangerous regional conditions.
“We cannot solve national issues through stubbornness and arrogance, but through dialogue. We need to find common grounds on which all Lebanese meet in order to fortify our nation during this dangerous regional situation,” stressed Miqati before his visitors at the Grand Serail.
The PM reiterated: “We will continue to shoulder responsibility because the current circumstances require so. We cannot leave the country in political vacuum that could lead to chaos. All leaders are required to meet at the national table of dialogue instead of adopting negative means and boycotting parliamentary work.”
The opposition March 14 alliance decided to boycott parliamentary work until the cabinet resigns.
Its decision came following the assassination of Internal Security Forces Intelligence Bureau chief Brigadier General Wissam al-Hasan, as it blames the government for covering up the crime which it blamed on Syria.
Indirectly referring to the heated rhetoric of the opposition, Miqati stressed: “None of the heated statements can affect my national and personal convictions to shoulder responsibility as long as the circumstances require so.
“I have always called for what protects Lebanon instead of resorting to negativity and boycotts, which have proven ineffective in the past,” he added.
On demands for the cabinet to resign, Miqati said: “We have to follow the constitution. Any decision taken is up to the Lebanese people.”
Hasan was assassinated on October 19 in a massive car bomb in Beirut's Ashrafiyeh district that left three dead and more than 100 wounded.