President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, stressed “The importance of the role played by the honorable Sunni community in preserving Lebanon’s unity and political diversity, and on participation of all components of Lebanon in the national and political life and the entitlements that shape the future of Lebanon,” noting that “Dar Al-Fatwa is a safety guarantee.”
The president said: “We do not want the Sunni sect to leave the political life in Lebanon, because we have heard that a boycott may occur, and we do not want this boycott to happen, because when Lebanon loses one of its major components, it threatens the society that we are accustomed to and brought with.”
The President also stressed that “Lebanon today, more than ever, needs the solidarity of its people and their solidarity around their state,” noting that there is no reason to postpone the elections.”
On Lebanon’s relations with the Arab countries, President Aoun stressed the “necessity to establish the best and strongest relations, while the priority remains to preserve civil peace and stability.
The President disclosed that “efforts are currently directed to the importance of agreement and the return of relations to the way they were before and even better.”
President Aoun’s statement came after his visit, at 10:00 am this morning to the Dar Al-Fatwa, where he met with the Grand Mufti of the Republic, Sheikh Dr. Abdulatif Darian, in a meeting that lasted until 10:30 am.
President Aoun and the Mufti made the following statement:
“I met with His Eminence the Mufti of the Republic and discussed with him the current situation and recent developments. I stressed to His Eminence the role that the honorable Sunni community plays in preserving Lebanon’s unity and political diversity, and the importance of participating of all components of Lebanon in the national and political life and the entitlements that draw the future of Lebanon and its people .
I stressed that Lebanon today needs more than ever the solidarity of its people and their support for their state and all constitutional institutions. We also discussed the difficult social and economic conditions that the country is going through, and the importance of cooperation between all parties and components to get out of the current crisis in a way that preserves the dignity of the Lebanese citizen and their right to a decent life.
We discussed Lebanon’s relations with the brotherly Arab countries, where we agreed on the need to establish the best and strongest relations, while the priority remains to maintain civil peace and stability in the country.”
Q & A:
Q: Is Dar Al-Fatwa a safety guarantee for all Lebanese?
A: Certainly, and His Eminence the Mufti is the head of the honorable Sunni community, and we are committed to it spiritually, morally and in faith.
Q: Do you reassure the Lebanese about the parliamentary elections? is there a delay, or will they take place on time?
A: We have completed all the preparations for the elections to take place on time, what drives people to be suspicious are some foreign visitors who come to Lebanon and ask us if the elections are taking place , which has sowed doubts among the people who have been repeating them. But I see no reason to delay.
Q: What do you say to the Arab countries, especially the Arab Gulf countries?
A: There is a current endeavor that we will work on giving it the necessary importance until an agreement is reached and relations return to the way they were before and better.
Q: What is your position on Prime Minister Hariri’s apology from participating in the parliamentary elections, and is this visit related to Prime Minister Hariri’s position?
A: Certainly, we do not want the Sunni sect to leave political life in Lebanon, because we have heard that a boycott may take place, and we do not want the boycott to happen, because when Lebanon loses one of its major components, this threatens the society that we are accustomed to and that we have been brought up with. .
Mufti Derian bid farewell to President Aoun at the main entrance of Dar Al-Fatwa, thanking him for his visit.