"Lebanon has known victory through the strength of its army that encircled its resistance, and through the strength of its national unity and the sacrifices of the people of the South," said Development and Liberation Parliamentary Bloc Member, MP Anwar El-Khalil, on Saturday.
Speaking during a luncheon banquet he held at his Hasbaya residence in honor of UNIFIL Eastern Sector Commander, General Rafael Colmar Mart?nez del Peral, MP El-Khalil reiterated House Speaker Berri's call upon the Lebanese "to adhere to all the headlines that brought about that evident victory, namely the resistance, the army and the people."
The MP also stressed his keenness on pursuing the deep and old-time relations with the Eastern Sector, thanking Spain and various countries participating in the UNIFIL peacekeeping forces "for their sacrifices in quest of world peace."
He also expressed gratitude for the efforts exerted by General Rafael and other Eastern Sector officers "who are responsible for maintaining security and monitoring the Israeli violations in the hope of eliminating all forms of occupation."
Praising the valuable contributions of his honored Spanish Commander and contingent members, alongside the heads of other participating battalions (namely from India, Nepal, Serbia, El Salvador, Kazakhstan, Indonesia and Brazil), El-Khalil pointed to the "friendly and respectful relations that link Lebanon with these countries, and the people of the South with the members of these forces."
"This relationship is much deeper than diplomatic ties, for it is a fraternal relation," he said.
Meanwhile, El-Khalil seized the opportunity to stress "Lebanon's official and popular adherence to its legitimate right to defend itself, and its commitment to the principles set by Lebanon to demarcate its land and sea borders in accordance with international laws, especially in terms of the United Nations being the sponsor of any indirect negotiations on the demarcation of the borders."
Moreover, El-Khalil reiterated the hopes of the Lebanese that "the international forces would carry out their mandate and tasks in full, in terms of imposing an Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon's entire national territories...and working to end all forms of aggression and violations, and ensuring respect for the sovereignty of Lebanon as stipulated by international resolutions."
Source: National News Agency