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Rifi calls for unity to mitigate Iraq repercussions

  • File - Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi speaks during a meeting in Beirut, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

TRIPOLI, Lebanon: Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi over the weekend called on Lebanese officials to come to together to mitigate the effects of the situation in Iraq, warning about the repercussions for the entire region, especially Lebanon.

“What is happening in Iraq is very dangerous and no one has the truth about what is really going on up to the moment,” he said.

“What we are witnessing today is a major development at the level of the region and its repercussions could affect Arab countries in general and Lebanon in particular,” he added.

“Lebanese officials should be aware of what is going on and seek to avoid the fires of the region within the country, we should work together to get through this difficult phase,” Rifi said.

The Justice Minister spoke at the inauguration ceremony of the Miramar Resort and Hotel in north Lebanon, along with a number of officials, under the auspices of Tourism Minister Michel Pharaon.

“Security is of course the duty of the state and a right for citizens,” Pharaon said during the ceremony.

“Yesterday, Tripoli was bleeding and with it all Lebanon was bleeding, then a government was formed and we implemented a security plan,” he said.

“The situation in the country only became stable when the security in Tripoli was restored because when Tripoli is okay, the rest of Lebanon becomes okay as well.”

Miramar is located on the coastal Tripoli, Qalamoun highway.

Speaking on Tripoli, Rifi said that “the will to live in Tripoli triumphs over death, and Tripoli has become a safe destination despite developments surrounding Lebanon.”

He added that the situation in the city, torn by intermittent Syria-linked violence for three years, will not go back to what it was, and called on the state to encourage more development and tourism projects in the northern city.

Tripoli violence between supporters and opponents of Syria’s Assad regime came to an end in April with the state enforcing a security plan in the city.

Both ministers also called for the election of a new head of state as soon as possible to maintain stability in the country.

 
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Summary

Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi over the weekend called on Lebanese officials to come to together to mitigate the effects of the situation in Iraq, warning about the repercussions for the entire region, especially Lebanon.

Speaking on Tripoli, Rifi said that "the will to live in Tripoli triumphs over death, and Tripoli has become a safe destination despite developments surrounding Lebanon".

He added that the situation in the city, torn by intermittent Syria-linked violence for three years, will not go back to what it was, and called on the state to encourage more development and tourism projects in the northern city.


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