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Jumblatt says inappropriate statements against Assad came in moment of anger

“My inappropriate and illogical statements about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad came in a moment of anger and loss,” said Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt during an interview with Al-Jazeera television on Saturday. He voiced hope that Assad would move past the instance, in reference to the time following the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Should Syria move past the moment of anger, Jumblatt said he would respond to an invitation from Damascus, however questioned whether Assad would turn the page.

The PSP leader voiced readiness to build a relationship with Damascus according to the Taif Accord and framework established with Assad, saying, “Following my father Kamal Jumblatt’s assassination in 1977, I said I would forgive but not forget; today, I say I forgive and forget.”

Two weeks after the assassination, “I was still calling on Lebanese to not engage in aggressive behavior against Syrians in Lebanon,” said Jumblatt.

This comes in reference to Al-Watan’s report on Wednesday that “Damascus tells Jumblatt that it will not forget his past offenses,” in a reference to “Jumblatt’s instigation against Syrian nationals in Lebanon, his call for Syria’s invasion and his attempts to mislead the investigation of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL).”

Jumblatt commented on the Resistance, voicing his support and questioning whether Lebanon would be left alone in confronting regional threats. He reiterated his call for gradually integrating the Resistance into the state and Lebanese army, which he said requires certain “Arab, regional, and international conditions.” Until then, work should focus on strengthening Lebanon, he said.

“The grounds of confrontation have not changed,” he added, pointing to “an Israeli and US aggression in the region.”

He also said that the region’s situation was better in the past.

-NOW Lebanon

  • Miumiu

    was just talk in a moment of anger,but was 90% true,the Syrian regime ACTIONS over the years in Lebanon WILL NOT be forgiven by apologies and for sure NOT in a moment of anger.

    March 14, 2010

  • CEDAR REVOLUTION / GEBRAN SONS

    Sad to see Jumblat becoming the laughing stock of Lebanese politics. Tragic he chooses to side with Ahmadinajad, Assad and the Lebanese Basij against freedom, democracy, justice, sovereignty and human rights.That will be his legacy, a disgrace for the Cedar Revolution principles, its martyrs and progressive thinking. It may be generations before another politician brings so much dishonor and disgrace to a proud community, a pillar of Lebanon's history, culture and spirit.

    March 14, 2010