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Aoun: Dissociation is from events, not the displaced

President Michel Aoun maintained that dissociation is from the events taking place in Syria and not from 1.5 million displaced Syrians present on the Lebanese soil.

In his word to the Cabinet which convened at Baabda palace Thursday, Aoun said Lebanon must establish special ties with Syria as a neighboring country.

"Our relation with Syria is different from that with Turkey or Iran for instance," he said.

"I frankly tell you that the foreign states do not want to host refugees, nor do they allow us to bring them back home. How is this possible? I do not accept anything that harms Lebanon's interest," he continued.

"I do not accept to have on my soil this huge number of displaced," he stressed.

"How can we possibly coordinate the transfer of 1.5 million individuals without communicating with the Syrian state?" he wondered.

"I am aware of Lebanon's best interest; I am the one who determines it as I am in charge and this is my competence," Aoun said.

"I have established national balance in order to restore stability and rebuild Lebanon. This is my concept of the national best interest and I am responsible towards my people," he concluded.

Source: National News Agency