Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, reiterated that Lebanon is ready to cooperate for the sake of resolving the issue of Abdali cell.

The media bureau of Prime Minister Saad Hariri issued on Sunday the following press release:

“The Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah received today the President of the Council of Minister Saad Hariri at the Emiri Diwan in Bayan Palace.

The meeting was attended by the Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, the first deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, the Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah, the Head of the Accompanying Mission of Honor and Advisor at the Prime Minister’s Diwan Sheikh Salem Al-Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the Diwan Chief Sheikha Itimad Khaled al-Ahmad Al-Sabah and Kuwait’s Ambassador to Lebanon Abdul-Aal Al-Kinai.

“I conveyed to his Highness the greetings of the Lebanese people and the President of the Republic. We clearly said that we condemn what happened regarding Abdali cell and that Lebanon is prepared to cooperate, with all its apparatus, to end this issue. There is a great Kuwaiti resentment towards it and they are right about it, and we in Lebanon will cooperate on this issue,” Hariri said.

“The Kuwaiti people, State and Emir always treated Lebanon and the Lebanese as they treat the Kuwaitis.

I hope that the relations will improve. We came to tell his Highness the Emir and the Kuwaiti people that Lebanon is their country and the State and the government are against any security breach because we consider the security of Kuwait and Lebanon is one and we do not allow any breach,” he added.

Question: Could this resentment translate into measures against Lebanon?

Hariri: No. Hopefully there will be no such measures. But undoubtedly there is resentment and we have to look at the issue and address things clearly and boldly because it is our duty as a state and as a government.

Question: What did Kuwait ask for and what are the steps that the government can take to limit the repercussions of this problem?

Hariri: We came here today and spoke frankly and openly with our brothers in Kuwait, particularly with his Highness the Emir. Discussions were frank and clear and hopefully things will improve.

Question: Will the Lebanese community be affected by this?

Hariri: No, hopefully not.

Question: Did they provide evidence of the accusations about Hezbollah’s involvement, through confessions?

Hariri: The Kuwaiti judiciary is clear and frank and there will be cooperation between the security services and the judiciary and we will cooperate to the maximum. What concerns me, regarding the people of Kuwait and his Highness the Emir who has always been a pioneer in helping Lebanon, is to preserve this relation between the two countries by all means.

Question: How will this issue be followed up?

Hariri: I will personally follow-up this issue.

Question: Will there be contacts with Hezbollah in this regard?

Hariri: There are contacts and these issues will be resolved.

The Koweiti Prime Minister then held a lunch in the honor of Prime Minister Hariri, attended by Koweiti officials.”

Source: National News Agency