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Jumblatt for reconsidering Hezbollah’s defense formula

PSP leader Walid Jumblatt drives his car in Beirut, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt called Monday for a compromise on the controversial “Army, resistance, people” ministerial statement formula, stressing the need for going back to the country’s disassociation policy from the Syrian crisis.

“There are many changes and transformations required in order to find alternative formulas to get out of the debate over the ‘Army, people, resistance’ tripartite,” said Jumblatt in his weekly stance to PSP-affiliated website Al-Anbaa.

“Including this tripartite in the ministerial statement is no longer possible as in previous years and it is necessary to reach a compromise over this issue."

“However, the political debate should not eliminate Lebanon’s right to resist Israel or any Israeli attack against Lebanese territory through the people and institutions.”

Jumblatt also said that there was a need to resume National Dialogue over the country’s defense strategy.

The “Army, people, resistance” defense formula is one of the thorniest issues facing the committee drafting a new government policy statement, but hopes have emerged of an imminent breakthrough.

The PSP leader also said Lebanon should adhere to the policy of disassociation from regional conflicts and called for an end to all involvement in the Syrian civil war.

However, he warned against the adhering to the neutrality policy too strictly, saying such approach would "eliminate all of the accomplishments and major sacrifices against Western agendas.”

“The theory of neutrality also contradicts the Taif Accord, which spoke of Lebanon's Arab and political identities,” he said. “Neutrality would eliminate the Lebanese and Palestinian resistance against Israel over the decades."

 

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Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt called Monday for a compromise on the controversial "Army, resistance, people" ministerial statement formula, stressing the need for going back to the country's disassociation policy from the Syrian crisis.

Jumblatt also said that there was a need to resume National Dialogue over the country's defense strategy.

The "Army, people, resistance" defense formula is one of the thorniest issues facing the committee drafting a new government policy statement, but hopes have emerged of an imminent breakthrough.


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