BEIRUT: Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri defended Friday the Baabda Declaration against recent criticism by some March 8 groups, saying the agreement paves the way for dialogue.
“Unfortunately, there are some that seek to erase it from the memory and from official records through a single media swoop with the forces of confrontation and rejection,” Hariri said in a statement.
“The Baabda Declaration is a serious road map to responsible dialogue, stability and calming the situation, will the rejecters learn their lesson?” he added.
Recent criticism by some March 8 politicians including Hezbollah MPs and Marada Movement leader Suleiman Franjieh prompted President Michel Sleiman Thursday to release a report detailing how rival lawmakers reached an agreement on the pact aimed at distancing Lebanon from the Syria crisis.
The presidential statement said the clarification aimed to clear up the confusion regarding the Baabda Declaration, a document endorsed in 2012 during a National Dialogue session chaired by Sleiman.
Sleiman’s statement said the declaration is an important document internationally recognized that lays the foundation for guarding the country’s safety.
He said the statement would pave the way for discussions on a national defense strategy and forming a better plan to combat Israel.