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Nasrallah: ISIS cannot build a state

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah speaks during a ceremony marking Jerusalem Day in Beirut's southern suburbs, Friday, July 25, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: Hezbollah’s secretary-general has told his visitors that he expects the fall of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria and that he supports his ally Michel Aoun for the presidency.

The Lebanese daily As-Safir reported Tuesday that Hezbollah’s leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah had explained to his visitors the lack of ISIS’ sustainability and how he expected it to fall sooner or later.

The report said that after his visit to Nasrallah and being presented by the wide knowledge of the latter on ISIS and similar groups, Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt became convinced of the “threats posed by this cross-border extremism phenomenon.”

Despite the fact that ISIS and other extremist groups have already entered Lebanese territory and carried out terrorist operations, As-Safir reported that Nasrallah seemed to be confidently relaxed concerning the sequence of events.

He reportedly saw no welcoming environment for fundamentalist groups in Lebanon and no evidence that ISIS’ plans possessed any “horizons.”

Doubting the sustainability of the extremist group, Nasrallah reportedly explained in his meetings that evidence and facts demonstrated ISIS’ inability to build a state on the Iraqi land, stressing that even Iraqi Sunnis refuse to live under its rule.

Separately, the As-Safir article mentioned that Nasrallah insisted on supporting Free Patriotic leader Michel Aoun’s candidacy as long as the latter holds on to his will to run for president.

Jumblatt was reportedly informed of Nasrallah’s stand in the recent meeting between the two, in which As-Safir’s sources quoted the Druze leader as saying: “Sayyed ... the Christians’ situation in the region has become weak, and is expected to see more declination. The Christians in Lebanon are packing their bags and leaving, and the Druze likewise.

“Therefore, what is needed is to elect a president quickly starting from what is available, to limit the deterioration of the situation.”

Nasrallah reportedly responded to Jumblatt by saying: “Walid Beik... the president is there... he is Gen. Aoun and we go on supporting him.

“But in any case, you shall not only speak to me about it, go to the general and agree with him.”

 

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Summary

The Lebanese daily As-Safir reported Tuesday that Hezbollah's leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah had explained to his visitors the lack of ISIS' sustainability and how he expected it to fall sooner or later.

Doubting the sustainability of the extremist group, Nasrallah reportedly explained in his meetings that evidence and facts demonstrated ISIS' inability to build a state on the Iraqi land, stressing that even Iraqi Sunnis refuse to live under its rule.

Jumblatt was reportedly informed of Nasrallah's stand in the recent meeting between the two, in which As-Safir's sources quoted the Druze leader as saying: "Sayyed ... the Christians' situation in the region has become weak, and is expected to see more declination.


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