Miqati 'Surprised' by Aoun Remarks: Unacceptable to Cross Limits of Courtesy, Respect
Prime Minister Najib Miqati on Tuesday voiced his surprise over recent remarks by Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun, stressing that “it is unacceptable to cross the limits of courtesy and respect in our political discourse.”
“It is surprising that such remarks were voiced by a responsible man such as General Aoun,” Miqati told reporters after the second meeting of the committee tasked with drafting the Policy Statement of the new government.
“These difficult times require everybody to show awareness and a sense of national responsibility,” he added.
Earlier on Tuesday, Aoun criticized the opposition’s attack on the new government, labeling it as “rude” and stressing that a new cabinet should be granted a 100-day grace period.
“They didn’t appreciate our ‘one way ticket’ joke. A new ward is being prepared for them in Roumieh prison and they will be granted a ‘one way in’ ticket for it,” Aoun said after the weekly meeting of the Change and Reform parliamentary bloc.
And on Friday Aoun said: “We issued (ex-PM Saad) Hariri a ‘one-way ticket’ and he will not return.”