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Geagea: We are currently undergoing a major political fraud by charging us with hindering the return of the displaced

Lebanese Forces Party Chief, Samir Geagea, asserted Sunday that his Party "is currently undergoing the largest political fraud in charging it with the responsibility of impeding the return of displaced Syrians to their towns."

Geagea questioned herein "which political authority was behind convincing President Michel Aoun that the mere initiation of normalization of relations between Lebanon and Syria would trigger the return of refugees?"

Speaking in an interview with Journalist Mohammed Choucair of the Middle East Newspaper, he stressed that "the goal is to afloat the regime of Bashar al-Assad, which does not appear to be determined to ensure their return at a time when Syria is witnessing demographic change."

Geagea wondered why "the Free Patriotic Movement ministers and their allies, who were the majority in the governments of former PM Najib Mikati and Tamam Salam, failed to communicate with the Syrian regime to secure the immediate return of refugees without linking it to the political solution?"

"There is a need for Iran to keep al-Assad afloat, which Hezbollah is trying to market because Tehran spent billions of dollars investing in the regime, and therefore cannot afford its weakening or loss due to the negative repercussions on its internal scene," the LF Chief explained.

"We have always been and still are in support of communicating with the international community to secure safe areas in Syria for the displaced, and to finance their return," he confirmed.

Geagea revealed information available to him that the Syrian regime is bringing groups of certain sectarian color, specifically from Afghanistan, Pakistan and some countries, for resettlement in certain areas in Syria that have witnessed displacement.

Source: National News Agency