Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri delivered the following word during an Iftar he held this evening at the “Rafic Hariri University” in Mechref, in honor of families from Iqlim al-Kharroub.

“Dear brothers and friends of Iqlim al-Kharroub, peace be upon you, every time I have the honour to visit you, I feel that I am in an area that is one of the closest to the core principles of the Future Movement. We are a movement that has no other project than the project of the state in Lebanon, and you, the people of the Iqlim, are the people of the state. We are a movement that practices coexistence and national unity, and Iqlim al-Kharroub is the Iqlim of coexistence, national unity and fraternity among all the sects in Lebanon. We are the movement of moderation and rejection of discord and you are the people of moderation, and rejection of extremism and incitement.

We adhere to Lebanon’s Arab identity and Iqlim al-Kharroub is the den of Arabism in Lebanon and the first to face any project that aims at changing its national identity or muddling its relations with its Arab brothers. When we call for protecting Lebanon’s Arab identity, we mean protecting its relations with its brothers and refusing the Iranian hegemony on its internal and external policies.

The Lebanese refused the hegemony of the Syrian Regime in the name of Arabism, so what do you think they will do in the face of the Iranian attempts of hegemony in the name of resistance? The Taef Agreement settled the issue of Arabism as an important part of Lebanon’s identity and not a tool to control Lebanon by any Arab regime.

We should stress, at this period of the history of our country and nation that nothing in Lebanon, no party or armed militia or military guards, will be able to make the Lebanese abide by the Iranian policies and tools. The Lebanese are loyal to their Arab identity and will not betray their brothers, especially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, no matter how high the voices of prejudice and ungratefulness.

I am honoured to visit you after the municipal elections in Iqlim al-Kharroub, in which reaching agreement was a priority for us, in cooperation with the Progressive Socialist Party and Jamaa al-Islamiya. We chose not to engage in electoral confrontations where agreement efforts failed.

The reason is very simple: The Future Movement will never compete with its people and youth. When there is competition in the municipal elections between families and groups that all belong to the big family of the FM, the Future Movement will be neutral: This rule was adopted all over Lebanon just as it was adopted in Iqlim al-Kharroub. It is an opportunity to congratulate all the winners in the Iqlim and call on them to work together for the interest and development of Iqlim al-Kharroub and to solve its problems, starting with the waste problem, which we will continue to try to solve, in cooperation with the elected municipal councils.

I know that the ecological problem in Iqlim is a priority and this is why our concern will always be to find permanent solutions for the chronic problems.

We started establishing a water treatment plant in Jiyyeh, and a sewerage network that covers 70% of the Iqlim is currently being connected to the Jiyyeh plant, in conjunction with the second phase so that the network includes the whole Iqlim. The Future Movement insisted on modernizing Jiyyeh thermal plant to stop the pollution it causes and we will follow up this project until the end.

As you all know also the Future Movement insisted that Iqlim al-Kharroub should benefit from the water of the Bessri dam. This issue has been solved and we have a parliamentary committee to follow up the execution headed by MP Mohamad Hajjar who follows up the issues and demands of the Iqlim all the time so don’t worry about it.

In addition to vocational schools and public schools that were built previously in Chehim, Barja and Ketermaya, and to the public schools compound, you will hear very soon that the work to regroup government administrations in Chehim has started. And the roads network in your area, just as in all Lebanon, needs continuous maintenance and rehabilitation. The Wadi al-Zeineh-Daraya road and Saddiyat-Ain al-Hour road were rehabilitated and now the work is nearly done on the Zaarourieh- Joun junction.

But the primary issue from our point of view is the revival of the national economy and the return of growth.

Your region is full of educated and outstanding youth, and it has always been the reservoir of human resources in all state institutions and all sectors, so our primary goal is to find opportunities for the youth to work, innovate and initiate. But all this needs stability: stability in the institutions, starting with the election of a president, security stability thanks to the efforts and heroism of the internal security forces and the Lebanese army, stability in Lebanon’s relations with the Arab countries and friendly countries, and a work plan that we are preparing for economic recovery.

All this requires efforts from everyone, especially the youth, and this is why I insist that the coming general convention of the Future Movement gives priority to the youth capacities and ideas and to the presence of the youth in all level of the Movement, from the smallest coordinating body to the Political bureau”.

Source: National News Agency

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Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri delivered the following word during an Iftar he held this evening at the 'Rafic Hariri University' in Mechref, in honor of families from Iqlim al-Kharroub. 'Dear brothers and friends of Iqlim al-Kharroub, peace be upon you, every time I have the honour to visit...