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Politicians sending wrong message to terrorists: Hezbollah

Qaouk said Lebanese politicians are sending the wrong message to terrorists. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

BEIRUT: A Hezbollah official Sunday said that the presidential void and Lebanon’s political troubles were seen by terrorist groups as a sign of Lebanon’s weakness.

“It’s unfortunate that the strategy of the March 14 alliance is to extend the presidential void and delay the election of a new president, the ratification of the salary scale and the reactivation of the work the Parliament because they benefit from all this and the interests of the country and the people are the least of their concerns,” the head of Hezbollah’s Executive Council, Sheikh Nabil Qaouk, said at a memorial service in the village of Deir Qanoun al-Nahr.

“Adopting the strategy of obstruction and void sends a message of weakness to terrorist cells,” Qaouk added.

The Hezbollah official said that the so-called takfiri ideology would not have expanded and thrived in the Middle East had it not been for regional and international “support, funding and weapon supplies” to such extremist groups.

“This no secret anymore,” he added. “The Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria would not have survived without Arab and international support.”

Qaouk said Hezbollah would protect Lebanon against “Israeli and takfiri offensives,” adding that party’s “achievements outside Lebanon’s borders and the achievements of the Lebanese security forces have thwarted the takfiri project in Lebanon.”

“Let’s devise a national strategy to counter terrorism because terrorism targets everyone and does not differentiate between regions or religions or sects,” he said. “Let’s also fortify our domestic front so as not to encouragement signals to terrorists.”

 

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