President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, renewed Lebanon’s position on the Palestinian cause, which is represented by affirming the right of the Palestinian people to establish their independent state on all their national soil, with Jerusalem as its capital, and dedicating the right of return to the land of Palestine for Palestinian refugees. The President also considered that resistance to occupation by the Palestinian people is not terrorism.
President Aoun stressed the importance of preserving Jerusalem, where the three religions meet: Christianity, Islam and Judaism, considering that no one can imagine Jerusalem without the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and other holy places.
President Aoun’s positions came while meeting head of the Hamas political bureau, Dr. Ismail Haniyeh.
Haniyeh was accompanied by a delegation that included: Sheikh Saleh al-Arouri, deputy head of the movement, Dr. Khalil al-Haya, a member of the political bureau, and Dr. Musa Abu Marzouk, deputy head of movement and a member of the Political Bureau, Osama Hamdan a member of the Arab and Islamic Relations Office of the movement, and Dr. Ahmed Abdel Hadi the representative of “Hamas” in Lebanon.
At the beginning of the meeting, Dr. Haniyeh expressed the Palestinian people’s appreciation for the support they receive in Lebanon, as president and people, despite the difficult circumstances they are going through.
Then President Aoun was briefed on the latest developments in Palestine and what the Israeli occupation is doing in Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank, especially the settlement projects that are being implemented in addition to the permanent exposure to places of worship and the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque and other aggressive practices.
Dr. Haniyeh praised the steadfastness of the Palestinian people and their confrontation with the continuous Israeli attacks, saluting the Palestinian martyrs who fell in these confrontations.