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America and its allies responsible for terrorism: Qassem

Hezbollah's deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem speaks in front of students at the LU in Hadath. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: Deputy Head of Hezbollah Sheikh Naim Qassem said Saturday that the United States and its regional and international allies are responsible for the expansion of terrorism in the region, according to Elnashra website.

“America and its allies are responsible for the bringing in and financing of Takfiri terrorism in our region through the Syrian gate,” he said, speaking at a ceremony organized by Hezbollah’s Sports Mobilization section.

“They are the ones who allowed terrorism to be strengthened in Iraq,” he added, saying that an end should be put to the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS).

Qassem said that the growth of terrorist organizations threatens not only Iraq but the whole region and the world.

“Now we can say that what happened in Mosul could have happened in Lebanon,” he said, “had we not confronted them the right way.”

Stressing that what is happening proves Hezbollah’s previous actions right, he said: “we thank god for guiding us on the right path before we listen to the horns that do not know and do not understand, that [start] shouting before examining the real facts.”

Qassem also commented on former United Nations and Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi’s last report about the Syrian opposition’s use of chemical weapons in some areas of conflicts.

“He [Brahimi] should call on the Security Council and the larger states to take a stand [concerning the issue],” he said.

“If things pass [without any accountability], this would prove that the conspiracy over Syria has reached a very high extent.”

Qassem’s speech also tackled the wage hike debate. Any party possessing a view concerning the salary scale can present it in a parliamentary legislative session, he said. They will succeed in making some points and fail in others, but this issue should be finalized.

“If they have the ability to disrupt the session, then they are able to enact the details they seek [to enact],” he said.

He stressed on the necessity to implement some form of wage hike, because “a real social and economic problem exists in Lebanon, and it needs to be solved.”

Concerning the presidential elections, Qassem said that March 14 should accept to engage in an agreement over the name.

“Neither March 8 nor March 14 can elect a president [of their choice],” he said. “If both parties stick to this logic and this competitiveness, the presidential vacuum will last.”





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