Prime Minister Saad Hariri chaired this afternoon the Future parliamentary bloc meeting at the Center House. At the end of the meeting, the bloc issued a statement read by MP Ammar Houry:

First: The importance of the Lebanese gathering and celebrating at Nejmeh square

The Future Bloc congratulates the Lebanese on the holidays and the New Year, hoping that the year 2018 will bring peace, reassurance, stability and economic and social growth to Lebanon.

On this occasion, the bloc praised the initiative of PM Saad Hariri, which enabled the Lebanese, after a long forced interruption, to celebrate the New Year in Nejmeh Square, bringing back Lebanon’s bright image based on coexistence and modernism.

With this celebration, Beirut emulated the world prosperous and stable cities and reaffirmed that it is the main gathering point for all Lebanese from all regions. In this regard, the bloc praised the initiative of Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri to lift barriers and obstacles in the Downtown, thus allowing all citizens and tourists to enter the commercial center as was the case in the past, a step which paves the way for the return of economic, touristic, cultural and social vitality to the heart of Beirut and the return of institutions to work after a long closure.

Second: The decree of seniority for the officers of the 1994 promotion

The bloc discussed the issue arising from the 1994 seniority decree for the officers of the year 1994 promotion and the ongoing contacts and consultations to stop political and media polarization on it.

Prime Minister Saad Hariri said that he is fulfilling his duties and responsibilities in this regard, within the scope defined by the constitution, customs and procedures, adding that he is not concerned by rumors about mediations, meetings and suggestions that are fabricated by media imaginations.

Third: The upcoming parliamentary elections

The bloc discussed the preparations to hold parliamentary elections as scheduled in May. In this regard, the bloc said that the candidacies and alliances are under careful study and any talk about alliances of four, five or six parties is a mere interpretation and does not exist for the Future movement and its parliamentary bloc.

Fourth: Peace and War decision

The bloc emphasized the fact that the decision of peace and war is a Lebanese sovereign decision and the responsibility of the state and its constitutional institutions. Any orientations that contradict this logic or call for external interference in a sovereign and national matter are devoid of any constitutional cover and any national consensus.

Fifth: The importance of Arab foreign ministers meeting in Amman

The bloc praised the meeting held last Saturday at the level of the ministerial delegation of six Arab foreign ministers in Jordan in accordance with the decision of the Arab League last month, where the ministers warned of the dangers of messing with Jerusalem and the attempts to change the legal and historical situation, especially the Israeli occupation attempts to change the Arab identity of the city. It called on the United States to rescind its decision on Jerusalem and to return to work with the international community to compel Israel to implement the international resolutions and end Israel’s occupation of all occupied Palestinian and Arab territories through a peaceful solution which ensures the establishment of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

In this regard, the bloc hopes that recent developments will provide a strong incentive for a strong and proactive Palestinian and Arab position to maintain, as well as to bolster, international support for the resolution rejecting the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to prevent other countries from joining the US stance.

The bloc also condemned the demand of the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stop the work of UNRWA, which aims to end the right of return of the Palestinian people to his land. The bloc also denounces the US position to refrain from paying the United States’ contribution in support of UNRWA, which was established by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution 302 issued on the 8 of December 1949.

Source: National News Agency