Speaking at a sunset Iftar held by Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Koraytem in Beirut on Saturday, Hariri said that he alone chooses when to speak, according to a statement issued by Hariri’s press office.
Several media reports expected Hariri to make a political statement particularly in response to Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s Monday press conference during which Nasrallah presented video footage and the taped confession of an alleged Israeli spy. Nasrallah said this alleged evidence implicates Israel in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
“I am concerned about all [state] matters because I am [former PM] Rafik Hariri’s son and because I am Lebanon’s Prime Minister,” Hariri said, adding that he will respond to latest Lebanese developments, including those related to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), only when he thinks he should.
“We, as officials, can [face] any attack if we act wisely,” the PM also said, adding that he as well as all Lebanese want to know the truth of who stands behind the assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri.
Hariri concluded his speech by saying that he has kept a calm atmosphere by abstaining from making statements and that Lebanese matters should be dealt with through calm talks.
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