Syria is strong and fears no war.
Despite all the verbal and military campaign against Damascus, the latter proved Thursday its readiness and ability to defend its territories and borders.
Minutes passed and the sky message reached the land. "Syria's den is strongly protected."
In Lebanon, the last few hours unveiled that the Lebanese and Palestinian Refugees Camps' leaders succeeded in removing the camps from the circle of tension.
This comes as the national dialogue table is scheduled to convene Monday with a heavy agenda resembled by the national defense strategy.
Hizbullah Ready for Dialogue, March 14 Threatens with Boycott
In this context, Head of the "Loyalty to Resistance" bloc MP Mohammad Raad stressed Saturday that "Hizbullah is going to the dialogue with all the possible positivity in order to discuss all the controversial titles and to apply all what was agreed upon."
In an interview with "as-Safir" Lebanese daily, Raad stated that "if there are priorities imposed by the security tension in some areas, we are ready to examine priorities."
"Discussing priorities doesn't contradict with our full openness to discuss the national defense strategy," the MP announced.
He also hoped that "the other parties carry a similar positivity to make the dialogue emerge with positive results in the interests of our country."
However, it seems that "March 14" insists on turning the national table after their failure attempts to drag Lebanon into the Syrian quagmire via sectarian tensions here and there.
According to "as-Safir": "it seems that "March 14" forces decided to go to Monday dialogue with a single title: discussion of the weapons, particularly the resistance arms."
Future Bloc informed the daily that "we're going to exclusively discuss weapons."
"Any deviation from this approach reflects a clear attitude that there is no outcome from participating in the dialogue," the sources claim.
They further threatened that ""March 14" will have a firm position in this case."
Meanwhile, the group's General Secretariat circles didn't rule out the possibility "of taking big steps, particularly the decision to boycott dialogue, if the resistance arms weren't discussed."
In parallel, "al-Akhbar" daily reported that the Head of the dialogue, Lebanese President Michel Suleiman is keen on the following points:
- To keep the agenda of the national dialogue, as drafted before i.e. to discuss the national defense strategy.
- Not to impose his will on both sides of the dialogue.
Icebreaking Meeting in Bkirki:
This comes as an icebreaking meeting was held Friday between a "March 14" delegation and Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai in Bkirki.
According to "March 14" forces, "the meeting opened a new page in relations between the two sides that were strained over Rai's political stances on local and regional issues."
Former President Amin Gemayel told reporters that "the meeting was serious and very cordial."
He also hoped that "it will set for a new stage in which all of us can meet and unite on principles that can protect Lebanon."
"Al-Akhbar" reported that the three main topics that were discussed in the meeting were: the situation in Syria, the Taif Accord and the resistance weapons.
On another concern, "as-Safir" shed light on the meeting between Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the sidelines of the Sustainable Development conference in Rio de Janeiro.
Aoun: No Alternative in Syria
Meanwhile, head of the Change and Reform bloc MP Michel Aoun began a three-day trip to Zahle where he launched a "call for unity over common principles in order for us to form a barrier in the face of the unnatural in the 21 century."
Aoun also commented on the Syrian crisis by saying: "the alternatives to the current Syrian regime do not believe in democracy.
He predicted that "the Syrian opposition will not fulfill its promises once it rises to power."
"What is taking place around us in Syria and other Arab countries makes this meeting necessary especially regarding the difficulties that are threatening the region and its Christian communities," he warned.
"The concern now lies in what is occurring in Syria and what might follow later on in Lebanon," he added.
LA Eases Tension in Camps
Moving to the security front, "an-Nahar" newspaper unveiled that "the Lebanese Army informed the Palestinian factions Friday that it intends to stop the permits' procedures to enter the camps starting from mid-July."
"The announcement raised satisfaction among Palestinian factions amid confirmation from both sides that the step would cut the way for exploitation of the political tension that recently took place," the paper clarified.
The daily's sources further learned that "there are nine Palestinian detainees."
"He who has nothing to do with the burning of the Army center army in Nahr al-Bared will be released," military sources told "an-Nahar".
Source: Lebanese dailies, Translated and Edited by moqawama.org