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Hariri rejects dragging Lebanon, Sunnis into sectarian wars

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri speaks to journalists in the Hague, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)

BEIRUT: Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri rejected what he called attempts to drag Lebanon into sectarian wars, adding that his party would not provide a fertile environment for jihadist groups.

“As the Future Movement, we will confront provocations and suspicious calls to involve Lebanon, and the Sunni sect in particular, in insane wars that will only drag Lebanon into a sectarian inferno,” Hariri said during an event marking the 9th anniversary of his father’s assassination.

“Just as we refuse to fashion ourselves in the image of Hezbollah, so we refuse to create ourselves in the image of ISIS [The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria] and the Nusra Front," he said. "We refuse to drag the Future Movement into a war between Hezbollah and Al-Qaeda."

 

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