Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Gibran Bassil, said that the battle is not a political, factional or partisan one, but a battle to restore the national pact and Lebanon's true identity.
Bassil spoke during a reception held in his honor in California by Lebanon's Consul General, Johnny Ibrahim, and attended by members of the Lebanese community in the American state.
"This is not that Lebanon that we accept; it is not the Lebanon that resembles us," said Bassil, "and it certainly is not the Lebanon that you have sacrificed for."
The Minister categorically refused any formula that pushed Christians outside the realm of ruling. He asserted that he would continue to fight for Lebanon's sovereignty, dignity, and identity, calling on the Lebanese Diaspora to aid him until every Lebanese has his and her nationality restored.
"We require a popular and parliamentarian majority in order to achieve our projects," Bassil said.
The charter that the Minister was fighting for would protect coexistence between Christians and Muslims so that Lebanon's message of tolerance and moderation would not falter in the face of terrorism and extremism.
"This has only one rule, for all of us to be equal. Thus, we refuse any formula that has allowed Lebanon to reach this deteriorated stage with the loss of its charter," he noted.
"We equally refuse the fait accompli of the presence of the Palestinians of 48 in our country. They entered Lebanon on the premise of staying for just one week, and as if we have learned nothing after 70 years, we agree to admit a million and a half Syrians into our country without doing anything other than saying we are against their naturalization. We also refused the implantation of Palestinians...but they are still on our land, it is the same thing."
Bassil explained that being humanitarian was all good and dandy, but it should not happen at the expense of the Lebanese people who started leaving their country to make space for refugees.
"Is that what being Lebanese is? Once we have enough for our people, we start thinking of helping other peoples."
Source: National News Agency