Hezbollah and Amal announce their return to Lebanese government meetings after months of boycott

The tandem of Hezbollah and Amal, Lebanon’s main Shia forces, announced late Saturday their return to meetings of the country’s Council of Ministers after a three-month boycott in response to an investigation into their alleged responsibility for the 2020 blast at the port of Beirut.

The two formations, which refuse to be “unjustly accused of the blockade”, have assured that their ministers are now ready to attend all government meetings devoted to approving state budgets and discussing the economic reactivation plan.

“Events and domestic political and economic crises have intensified in an unprecedented manner with the consequent significant collapse of the Lebanese pound, the decline of the public sector and the collapse of the purchasing power of citizens,” the two parties stressed in a joint statement.

Hezbollah and Amal announce their return to Lebanese government meetings after months of boycott
Hezbollah and Amal announce their return to Lebanese government meetings after months of boycott

“In order to meet the needs of citizens and the demands of different sectors, and to avoid being unfairly accused of the blockade if we are the ones watching over Lebanon, its people and its security, we announce, that we will attend these government meetings.” , they announced in the note collected by ‘L’Orient le Jour’.

In their statement, both sides further emphasized that “the only possible way to resolve the crises and alleviate the suffering of the Lebanese people is through the presence of a strong and capable government that enjoys the trust of all,” they added.

The country’s Prime Minister, Nayib Mikati, has welcomed the return of both parties as a call “for everyone to assume their national responsibilities, especially given the critical situation the country finds itself in”. It must be remembered that his government has not met since October 12 due to disagreements between the various political forces on the investigation into the double explosion in the port of Beirut.

Hezbollah and Amal demanded that the investigation’s investigating judge, Tarek Bitar, be removed from the case as he understood that he was carrying out a political persecution against both parties by subpoenaing those responsible associated with the administration of the port or another with it related aspect related to the tragic explosion.

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