BEIRUT: The Future bloc responded Tuesday to Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah’s remarks that dynamics in Syria have tipped in favor of the regime, saying the comments were part of attempts to delude citizens about the neighboring crisis.
“The arrogant and vain speech delivered by Hezbollah’s Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah is part of the psychological war being waged by Hezbollah in which [Nasrallah] is attempting to exaggerate the Syrian regime’s victories and the domination of the Persian influence on Lebanon and the region,” the bloc said in a statement after its weekly meeting.
“[And that such an influence] is the inevitable fate of the Lebanese, Syrians and Arabs and that we should all adapt to it but that's an illusion and will never be achieved,” the statement added.
The Future bloc also noted that it was a proud supporter of the Syrian people.
Nasrallah said in a televised speech Monday that developments in Syria, including divisions within the ranks of the opposition and the collapse of the military strike against the regime, were in favor of President Bashar Assad.
He also urged March 14 parties to accept the 9-9-6 Cabinet plan before it was too late and to stop wagering on developments in Syria’s war to improve their political standing in Lebanon.
The proposed Cabinet lineup, which the Future Movement has rejected, would give veto power to both the March 8 and the March 14 alliances, with six portfolios set aside for centrist politicians.
Nasrallah also stressed on the need for the formation of a new government given the ongoing paralysis in both Parliament and the caretaker Cabinet.
The Future bloc hit back on this point, saying Hezbollah was the party placing conditions on the prime minister-designate and obstructing the formation of a new government.
“ Hezbollah is the one putting conditions, disrupting constitutional institutions and preventing the formation of the Cabinet as it is preventing the handover of the suspects involved in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and is deploying gunmen in various Lebanese areas,” the statement, read out by MP Ammar Houri, said.
The Future bloc, headed by MP Fouad Siniora, also reiterated their demand that Hezbollah withdraw its fighters from Syria, saying such a move would build a true partnership in the country.
The statement also spoke about ongoing clashes in the northern city of Tripoli and rejected the proliferation of arms outside the jurisdiction of the state.
It said security agencies were responsible for restoring calm to the city and the country.
The Army has struggled to curb the week-long clashes between opponents and supporters of Assad that have left at least 16 people killed and over 90 wounded.
"The bloc asked the concerned authorities to severely punish criminals involved in the Tripoli bombings after investigations indicated the role that the Syrian regime played, in cooperation with local agents in planning and carrying out the bombings,” it said.
Preliminary investigation into the Aug. 23 car bombs in Tripoli indicated that the suspects have links to Syrian intelligence and are members of the pro-Assad Arab Democratic Party.