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One vision or Lebanon will vanish: Jumblatt

Walid Jumblatt sits in his garden house in Beirut, Lebanon.(AP Photo/File/Hussein Malla)

BEIRUT: Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt warned that if Lebanese parties do not adopt a common vision on how to protect Lebanon, the country will vanish.

“It is now urgent and necessary ... [that] we try to unite our visions to confront the upcoming dangerous and accelerating events, so that we can preserve General Gouraud’s Lebanon before it is too late,” said Jumblatt, in remarks published Monday in the party's Anbaa Newspaper.

Henry Gouraud was the High Commissioner of the French Mandate over Lebanon and Syria who announced the creation of the Greater Lebanon in September 1920, drawing the current borders of the country.

Jumblatt explained that the region is facing “great changes and historical turns,” which could not be confronted except through “at least building a new approach to solve the political disagreement between different parties, and speeding the election of a new president.”

“The Arab region and the Middle East have fallen into the midst of war and overwhelming chaos ... and most of the Arab and regional borders have collapsed,” he said, calling on Lebanese political actors to prevent the same from happening in Lebanon.

 

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