Qassem stresses importance of
resistance in ministerial statement

BEIRUT - Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem stressed the importance of acknowledging the resistance in the ministerial statement.


“The resistance is one of the main pillars of the ministerial statement,” the National News Agency quoted Qassem as saying. “The ministerial statement would not be consistent if it did not acknowledge the resistance.”


“The most honest and realistic ministerial statement is the one that states [the right to] resistance [against Israel],” he added.


Qassem also voiced the importance of drafting a consensual ministerial statement that satisfies all Lebanese parties.


“The ministerial statement should be the result of consensus, and no party can impose its point of view on others,” he said.


The new 24-minister cabinet, formed after months of political bickering, has been preparing the ministerial statement with which it will stand before parliament for a vote of confidence.


The role of “the resistance” against Israel is a main point of contention for the committee in charge of drafting the ministerial statement.


March 14’s suggested formula is “Lebanon’s right to defend itself,” while the March 8 parties want the clause to acknowledge “the right of Lebanon and the Lebanese people to self-defense and to the resistance against the Israeli enemy.”

The resistance is one of the main pillars of the ministerial statement.