Sassine: Soleimani's Statement Hinders Government Formation

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Sassine: Soleimani's Statement Hinders Government Formation

Kataeb party leader's adviser Sassine Sassine on Tuesday said that what is really dangerous about the statement made by Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani is that no official counter-stance was issued by the Lebanese state, deeming what was said as a blatant interference in Lebanon's internal affairs.

"This stance is aimed at inciting tension in Lebanon," Sassine told Voice of Lebanon radio station.

Head of Iran’s Quds Force, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, said that Hezbollah had gained 74 seats in Lebanon's parliamentary elections, thus scoring a victory at a time when some Arab countries labeled it and its leaders as terrorists.

"It is normal to get a high number when Soleimani talks about lawmakers who are affiliated to the Syrian-Iranian axis, but we regret that the Lebanese state hasn't issued any official stance regarding what was said," he added. "The ruling authority is proving day after day a political decline as it is ready to let go many things to the detriment of the country's sovereignty."

Sassine noted that Soleimani's statement proves that the Free Patriotic Movement is considered to be annexed to Hezbollah, calling on independent lawmakers who run on the FPM's lists in the polls to take a clear position regarding this issue.

"Soleimani's statement will hinder the government formation," he warned.

Sassine cast doubt over the recent naturalization decree which granted citizenship to over 400 people, deeming it as a "tag of shame" that President Michel Aoun must revoke.