BEIRUT: Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt hailed Monday the role of Lebanon’s General Security chief in the case of the recently released Lebanese hostages.
“We must hail the efforts exerted by General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim to end the crisis of the abducted Lebanese pilgrims and bring them back to freedom after months of captivity,” Jumblatt said in his weekly column for the PSP-affiliated Al-Anbaa website.
Ibrahim played a key role in negotiations to secure the freeing of nine Lebanese pilgrims who had been held by Syrian rebels since May last year and who returned home over the weekend.
Jumblatt said that the role of Ibrahim in the case proves that the state institutions can rescue Lebanon from crises.
“Ibrahim’s efforts prove that only official figures and institutions reserve the right to lead Lebanon out of crises,” he said.
The PSP leader added that interventions from “a lot of [unofficial] sides in the case only led to complications that delayed the release of pilgrims.”
The release of the hostages was part of a deal involving the freeing of more than 100 prisoners in Syria as well as two Turkish Airlines pilots kidnapped in Beirut. By Monday, however, it was yet not clear if the detainees held by the Assad regime had been freed.
Jumblatt addressed the possible release of the women prisoners and lamented the role of the international community in Syria crisis.
“Although the issue is still vague and despite the importance of these women regaining freedom, this does not eliminate the fact the hundreds of thousands of Syrians are still prisoners of their country's regime, he said
“There are also people who have gone missing inside their country and others displaced abroad while the so-called international community has not lifted a finger to help them.”
“[The international community] has instead rewarded the regime by hailing its efforts in helping international experts in removing its chemical weapons arsenal, while disregarding the destruction, murder and kidnapping it has committed,” he added.