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BOU ASSI: WE LOOK AT WHAT IS GOING ON IN ARSAL MOUNTAINS FROM PERSPECTIVE OF STATE’S INTERESTS

Minister of Social Affairs, Pierre Bou Assi, said in an interview with the LBCI that "the battles currently taking place at the border between Lebanon and Syria are part of what is happening in Syria and come within the framework of the regional battle," stressing that "the battle today is not in Arsal, but in a geographic area disputed between Lebanon and Syria. The Lebanese Forces have always called for the demarcation of the border and there has always been a rejection thereon by the Assad regime."

"We are only concerned with the decisions taken by the Lebanese government and implemented by the security services, and we look at what is going on in Arsal mountains from the perspective of Lebanon's interest and not from the perspective of Hezbollah," he reiterated, stressing "absolute support for the Lebanese Army only," and calling to "hand over to the State any illegal weapon."

Bou Assi said "this battle is not our battle. The Lebanese Army, the people and the economy are what matters to us. If Hezbollah's battle succeeds in its early stages, it will certainly bring along catastrophes eventually," he said.

"Since the outbreak of the Syrian war, the international coalition has not risen to the level of seriousness in dealing with matters and controlling borders, but Lebanon is one of the least affected countries by terrorism because the performance of the Lebanese security services is excellent," he said.

The minister stressed that "the Lebanese Forces is still defending the constants as defined in the past, but the activation of institutions is essential for the party, so it is dealing with the weapons of Hezbollah outside the scope of the disruption of the State and its institutions."

"As Lebanon is under scrutiny, we are now working to reduce the losses, and it is necessary to stop playing with fire because dragging Lebanon into regional wars does not benefit the country, especially since the international grace period has started and countries are still waiting for specific answers from us as a Lebanese state," he said.

Source: National News Agency