BEIRUT: Hezbollah MP Mohammad Raad warned that the notion of preserving Sunni interests in Lebanon through terrorism was a delusion, arguing that takfiris do more to harm Sunnis than any other religious sect.
“Their initiative represents the contradiction of Sunni [values] in the Arab world,” Raad said in reference to the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria.
The Hezbollah MP defended his party’s intervention in Syria, saying that the resistance was defending the entire country and not a particular sect or region.
“When we face this project, we are not facing it for internal gains” Raad said, rejecting allegations that Hezbollah’s intervention in Syria was meant to bolster control of Lebanon via the support of the Syrian regime.
“We do not want control over Lebanon, we are satisfied with a partnership that preserves our choice,” he said, emphasizing that Hezbollah was not competing for a ministerial or parliamentary seat.
Raad said that the time had come for those who were waiting for Western intervention in the presidential deadlock.
“The West has turned a new page because it interests are now being directly endangered,” he said.
The Hezbollah MP called on political factions to come together in agreement over the need to speed up the election of a new president, urging rival groups to accommodate each other in forming a “one clear and united national vision.”