Hizbullah Secretary-General, His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, delivered on Friday a speech in which he tackled a number of internal and regional issues.
Sayyed Nasrallah’s speech came during a memorial ceremony for the director of the Islamic Institution for Education and Teaching [Mahdi Schools], late Sheikh Mustafa Kassir.
Sheikh Kassir… The example
At the beginning of the speech, Sayyed Nasrallah condoled the Kassir's family as well as all Hizbullah members, particularly the Islamic Institution for Education."It is a big and painful event as we suffered the loss of a great scholar and dear brother."
His Eminence further recalled the fact that Hizbullah usually doesn't mention the sacrifices, efforts, and achievements of its people in their lives. "When we speak of victory, efforts and sacrifices, we speak in general without going into details."
On the event, Nasrallah presented the characters of the idol and model Sheikh Kassir. "He was the example of seeking knowledge until the death, the writer, the researcher, investigator and teacher."
"Sheikh Kassir was also known for his honesty, loyalty, and mystic away from any personal expectations or privileges," he listed, hailing the spirit of the resistance that the late Sheikh had.
His Eminence also stressed that such a resistance, that has been victorious all along the decades, and that was present in the friends' arena to topple the scheme against our Holy sites as well as our region was victorious because of this popular, scholar and institutional presence and because it is a resistance that has a broad and solid popular base.
State Must be Responsible
On the Lebanese level, Sayyed Nasrallah tackled the internal issues particularly the crucial challenges before us, topped by the new wage scale, the official exams and the academic year. "The politicians and all the political class are responsible for this crisis."
His Eminence stated: "It is wrong to put the public sector employees and teachers face-to-face with students and parents, while the state is doing nothing."
In parallel, he urged "the parliamentary blocs to fulfill their moral and humanitarian duties by heading to the Parliament to resolve this issue in a session or more to do justice to employees and rescue the academic year."
Regarding the appointments in the Lebanese University, Sayyed Nasrallah called "the political class and the government to shoulder their responsibilities."
Tripartite Power… Presidency
Meanwhile, Hizbullah Secretary General denounced latest accusations to the Shiite duo by seeking the tripartite power. "And it came out that there are those who say that we are trying to disrupt the presidential elections because we want to reach the tripartite power."
His Eminence called all those responsible for such fabrications to "bring us a single statement by a Shiite scholar that proves that we are seeking tripartite power-sharing in Lebanon. We would apologize if you do so. No one has raised this issue and you know that the idea of tripartite power-sharing was never on our minds.
Moreover, he reminded that "the French were the first party to raise this issue in Tehran, years ago."
"The French told the Iranians that the Taef Accord had become outdated and asked them about their opinion regarding tripartite power-sharing. The Iranians had never thought of this matter, but they asked us about it and we said that it is totally out of the question," His Eminence revealed.
Showing no worry about such accusations, the Resistance Leader assured: " Should anyone insist on accusing us of tripartite power-sharing, they can take their time to realize that this is not true."
"This matter is out of the question for us, we have never thought of it and we have never demanded it or sought to achieve it," he emphasized.
On the presidential vacancy, Sayyed Nasrallah called all the Lebanese sides to meet on electing their president since the foreign sides repeat daily that they are neither concerned nor are ready to interfere.
"What are you waiting for?" he wondered, urging an internal effort to elect a new president.
His Eminence also called for serious efforts to reach the needed result on the presidential . "More than a dialogue between the Future and the Free Patriotic Movement is needed."
Based on Hizbullah's relation with Iran, Sayyed Nasrallah told the Lebanese not to wait the outcome of the Iranian-Saudi negotiations, because until the moment, there is no known date and it is unknown if there will be an imminent date."
" The topics of the talks are still unknown and no one has said that the presidential vote will be on the table of negotiations. Moreover, Iran does not impose anything on its allies, not in Lebanon, neither in Syria nor in Iraq or any place, because it respects its friends everywhere," he reiterated.
In addition, His Eminence added that the Saudis are openly saying that they don't want to interfere, which means that no one wants to interfere.
Thus, he urged for domestic efforts to solve the presidential issue. "Agree on the political figure, who enjoys the first Christian and national representation in the presidential vote and we're ready to go to the parliament this night."
Regarding the security level, Sayyed Nasrallah noted that security needs the cooperation of the Lebanese. "We are very keen on security, quietness and peace despite what is happening in the region. We are all responsible to work on establishing and preserving stability ."
"One of the most important factors for security, is pacifying the political rhetoric, which means an end to the sectarian incitement," His Eminence viewed.
Moving to the Syrian arena, Sayyed Nasrallah hailed the Syrian presidential election as one of the most important events that have recently happened. "This popular turnout represented a major victory for the Syrian leadership."
"The Syrian presidential election is an achievement. The US and the West did everything to prevent the Syrian elections. All those who refused the elections and condemned it as farce, pressured the Syrian people both in Syria and abroad," His Eminence affirmed, and pointed out that " Damascus' friends were asked to mediate to prevent the elections from."
"However, the Syrian stance was decisive," he said, recalling how the West and other countries "described the vote as a farce and illegitimate even before it happened."
On the same level, Sayyed Nasrallah stopped at some countries' pressures that reached the level of preventing the Syrians from voting abroad.
"Why didn't you allow them? The opposition had a chance to highlight a boycott had polling stations been opened across the globe. They did that because they had information that Syrians would go and vote across the world." he mentioned.
His Eminence further highlighted that "someone described the elections as a "zero" and this is "his zero" and another issued a statement full of insults which does not contain a single political sentence."
"It is the regime's interest to hold the elections; so, how could they accuse it of sending car bombs? Despite all pressures and Takfiri Fatawas the election was held," Sayyed Nasrallah stated.
He also denied all March 14 claims that Hizbullah members participated in the elections inside the Syrian embassy . "This is ridiculous, and the Interior Ministry is in your hands. Watch the records."
"Millions participated in this Syrian elections.Through this massive turnout, the Syrian people proved that Syria will remain united in the face of all those who are plotting to partition it. It also proved that the state is cohesive and capable of running an election. It also highlighted the Syrians' steadfastness."
According to the Resistance Leader, "The Syrians clearly said that they are the ones who make their country's future, not the US or Geneva I and Geneva II. They also confirmed that the battle isn't between the people and the regime that proved to enjoy a great incubating environment."
"The elections proved to be a political and popular declaration that the war on Syria had failed. He who wants a political solution in Syria can't ignore the presidential elections, that told the entire opposition and the world powers that the political solution starts and ends with Dr. Bashar al-Assad. There is a president who was elected for another seven years and whoever wants a solution must hold talks with him."
In parallel, Sayyed Nasrallah emphasized that "a political solution must take into consideration the result of the elections, and stopping the support of Takfiri groups in Syria. This would end the battles in Syria."
He also appealed to all militant groups in Syria-through the ground and political facts on the ground that "there is no horizon to your fight. It will result only in more bloodshed and the destruction of the country."
"Everyone must acknowledge that the war on Syria will not lead to controlling it and that to preserve Syria the continuous fighting must come to an end," His Eminence said.
In conclusion, he concluded that the blessings of Syria's victory will affect Lebanon and the entire region. " I tell the Lebanese not to worry if [the regime in] Syria wins, but rather to worry if it does not."