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Geagea: Christians are at the core of the region

Lebanese Forces Party leader, Samir Geagea, received on Wednesday in Maarab a delegation of the American Task Force for Lebanon (ATFL) headed by former Ambassador Edward Gabriel.

Geagea began the meeting by motivating members of the delegation "to play their role in reflecting the real picture of the crisis in the Middle East, which cannot be shortened to one side: terrorism and the need to combat it, because focusing on one side does not contribute to the desired solutions to the crisis."

He pointed out that "matters do not stand at the borders of Daesh and Nusra or other terrorist organizations, because the problem was before the birth of these organizations and will continue after their elimination in the event of failing to establish serious political foundations for ending the crisis in the region."

He stressed that "fighting Daesh is inevitable, and this is a duty and a demand, but eliminating Daesh does not mean ending the Syrian crisis. Before it there was Al-Qaeda, Bin Laden and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Therefore, the fight against terrorism must continue, simultaneously with efforts to solve the Syrian crisis. There is no solution to Syria under the rule of Bashar al-Assad who is an integral part of the terrorist system."

"The solution begins by getting rid of both Daesh and Assad, and then by pushing for a political settlement that will restore stability to the entire region and this part of the world, which has not known stability for decades," the LF leader said.

In response to a question about the fate and role of Christians in the region, Geagea said "Christians are at the core of this region and they are part of its foundation, its composition and its history, and therefore it is their duty to engage in its problems and challenges. The achievement of peace is reflected positively on all the people of the region and Christians are at the forefront."

Source: National News Agency