Hariri: I Won’t Meet Bashar al-Assad Under any Circumstances
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said that he would not visit Syria and meet with Bashar al-Assad under any circumstances even if this rejecting will cost him his position.
Following a meeting of the Future Bloc on Tuesday, Hariri said: "You will never see me in Syria even if the whole regional equation overturns. If Lebanon's national interests require this visit, then I will resign.”
Hariri denounced insistence of some Lebanese government officials on the normalization of relations with the Assad regime. He said: "Some Lebanese politicians are more eager to go to Syria than Syrian refugees themselves.”
Hariri also slammed the Assad regime for issuing Law No. 10, noting that the move is aimed at discouraging Syrian refugees from returning to their homes.
Hariri earlier accused Bashar al-Assad of being behind the assassination of his father, former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, in Beirut in 2005. He asserted that the five main culprits are members of Hezbollah, adding that everyone knows well who gave the order to kill his father. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)