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Mikati: Dialogue is inevitable
Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati speaks during his speech at the opening of the Arab and International Book Fair in Beirut on Friday, Dec.6, 2013. (The Daily Star/DalatiNohra)
Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati speaks during his speech at the opening of the Arab and International Book Fair in Beirut on Friday, Dec.6, 2013. (The Daily Star/DalatiNohra)
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BEIRUT: Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati said Friday engaging in dialogue was an inevitable process for nations including Lebanon, where “absurd disputes” only result parties losing.

“Dialogue on all levels is inevitable: Dialogue between religions, parties, and between authorities and opposition groups in which concessions are made are honorable only if they reflect positively for the nation... they are a better option than killing and destruction,” Mikati said in his opening speech at the Arab and International Book Fair.

“It is an era [in the region] that we should overcome with the least damage and the job of the government is to limit the damages as much as possible and attempt to protect the people and their choices,” he added.

Mikati vowed to exert all possible efforts to alleviate tensions in the country caused by regional disputes.

“In Lebanon, we will not abandon the responsibilities imposed on us as a result of the political circumstances in the country and in the region and we will exert all possible efforts to bridge the gap because, no victor can emerge from these absurd disputes,” he said.

Lebanon has been rocked with a series of security incidents including assassinations and car bombings linked to the crisis in neighboring Syria, in addition to political bickering that has crippled the formation of a new Cabinet and the legislative work of Parliament.

The caretaker PM also noted that Lebanon would not allow anyone to topple the post Civil War achievements of the Lebanese society, saying: “We are determined to end the war.”

 
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