Free Patriotic Movement's leader, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, on Tuesday said that what happened over the weekend in the Aley region was premeditated, saying he had been touring the various Lebanese regions without exception.
"All areas of Lebanon are our regions and we have people and [FPM] supporters present in all regions, including the Shouf," Minister Bassil was speaking in the wake of the weekly meeting of the "Strong Lebanon" bloc on Tuesday.
Minister Bassil decried the recent Aley incidents, saying what happened was alien to his Party's tradition, not even in peacetime "which he had been reinforcing," as he said.
Bassil offered condolences to the Lebanese Democratic Party and the families of the fallen martyrs.
"Why are FPM's tours annoying certain sides," Bassil said, knowing that all his speeches include words of openness. He stressed that all the utterances he delivered in the areas of Kahale and Sawfar were "positive "and away from being "provocative."
"We do not want to eliminate or isolate anyone," Bassil said, clinging to the need to preserve freedom of movement and expression.
"We shall not relinquish these liberties," Bassil corroborated, saying he did not need a permission to visit any region of Lebanon where FPM supporters are present.
He underlined that his calls for rapprochement, partnership, positivity and welfare should not be considered as provocative at all.
Bassil also stressed that disputes do not fall in the interest of the nation, saying that the FPM wants a genuine, deep reconciliation that entails all sectors, including politics, security, economy, development and administration.
He also deemed touring the Lebanese regions as a duty for "rapprochement," clinging to the policy of openness and working to abort all attempts of sedition.
Source: National News Agency