Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah confirmed Friday that Hezbollah was honest since the very beginning adding that the party had spared no effort towards the facilitation of the election of Michel Aoun as Lebanon’s president after two years and a half of presidential void.
During a memorial ceremony honoring Martyr Leader Mustafa Shehade held on Friday, Sayyed Nasrallah said that after the accomplishment of the presidential election there is a chance to say that “we in Hezbollah faced a lot of injustice and false accusations during the past two and a half years, and I hope those who lied to reevaluate their stances.” “We were honest since the first beginning in our endorsement to Michel Aoun as President and we spared no effort for the achievement of this election and we never changed our stance in this regard.”
For those who claimed that Hezbollah didn’t want Aoun as a President and that we were lying and we wanted the persistence of void in the country, Sayyed Nasrallah said Hezbollah does not deceive or lie. “Those also didn’t spare any regional or international pretext to accuse us of it, starting from the nuclear program to the Syrian crisis, but all developments proved they were the liars.”
“October 31 had come to light and rebuffed all their claims and what we wanted happened. It was clear that there’s no relation between the nuclear or the Syrian issues with the presidential elections. Even Iran and Syria had always wanted for this election to be a Lebanese issue only and who wanted it to be on a foreign agenda were those who accused us of so.” Sayyed Nasrallah addressed those who claimed that they embarrassed Hezbollah by endorsing Aoun as president took credits of their last-minute stance, “Why hadn’t you embarrassed us two and a half years ago?” thus proving Hezbollah’s choice was the rightful one since the beginning of the presidential paralysis.
Hezbollah’s S.G. assured that what’s between Hezbollah and President Aoun was nothing but trust, “we don’t have any bargains or deals with him over presidency.” “We trust this man and we have confidence in him as an independent and patriot man who doesn’t follow any foreign agenda,” Sayyed Nasrallah pointed.
Concerning the Parliament session the was held on October 31 to elect a new president, Sayyed Nasrallah said that Speaker Nabih Berri shall be credited for the way he administered the session with his wisdom and conscience despite his political position. His eminence hailed Berri as a “statesman who safeguards Lebanon” and the “major guarantee in difficult times.”
Sayyed Nasrallah also thanked Marada Leader Suleiman Franjieh for being a faithful ally. “He was highly committed to us and our choice and he could have been elected as President if he wanted so but he preferred to be honest with us as an ally.”
His eminence then called on all parties to cooperate with the new President for the welfare and benefit of the country in the midst of conflicts and dilemmas surrounding us.
Concerning the formation of a new government, Sayyed Nasrallah said Hezbollah didn’t name Saad Hariri for premiership to form the new government but rather offered all possible facilities for his nomination. However, he said that Hezbollah’s bloc would take a clear stance on the formation of the new Cabinet Saturday, after its meeting with PM-designate Hariri.
Hezbollah leader said the party won’t take part in any Cabinet that Speaker Nabih Berri decides to boycott. “During past years while new governments were being formed, we were always keen that the FPM party, whom we are dedicated to alliance with it, that it takes its share in a just way, so we had stalled the formation of governments for their sake,” Sayyed Nasrallah pointed out, adding that “if Speaker Berri decides not to participate in the upcoming government we will boycott it too. And even the FPM should do so.”
His eminence also said that Speaker Berri was the official negotiator on behalf of both Hezbollah and his own Development and Liberation bloc regarding the designation of the new Cabinet’s portfolios. He said the Lebanese are before a new phase thanks to the Lebanese army, people and several other factors, adding that Hezbollah is keen that the Cabinet be formed and wants it to be productive.
Sayyed Nasrallah rebuffed the Saudi fake propaganda claiming that the Yemenis had fired a Ballistic rocket at Mecca as a big sarcastic lie, wondering “Who would believe that those Yemenis who are being killed every day could do so?”
Hezbollah’s Secretary General offered his condolences to Martyr Shehade’s family, wife, daughter and sons over his martyrdom. His eminence hailed the martyr for living a life that was full of Jihad and sacrifices in addition to his strength and stiffness throughout carrying his Jihadi job as a leader in Hezbollah ranks. “In times when some sides bet on a conflict between Hezbollah and the Syrian army (Fethullah massacre), Martyr Shehade managed to refute this conspiracy with his wisdom and conscience,” Sayyed Nasrallah assured.