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Statement of the National Dialogue Committee at Baabda Palace
Statement of the National Dialogue Committee at Baabda Palace
20/09/2012

​The National Dialogue Committee resumed its words on the 20th of September 2012 at Baabda Palace chaired by His Excellency the President of the Republic General Michel Sleiman and with the participation of the dialogue committee members except Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri , Minister Suleiman Franjieh and Talal Arslan and Dr.  Samir Geagea.
The President of the Republic inaugurated the session by an overview of the most important developments that took place on both the internal and regional scene since the last session. The President commended the success of the visit of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to Lebanon, namely its organization, its content and its highlighting once again Lebanon’s status and role as a message of freedom and coexistence.
President Sleiman also reiterated his denunciation of the anti-Islam film and the offensive pictures of Islam and the Great Prophet which has been released at a suspicious time at the same timing of the visit of His Holiness the Pope to Lebanon.
The President underlined the necessity to commit to all the provisions of the Baabda Declaration, namely articles 12 and 13, and that in order to preserve Lebanon’s stability and the sovereignty of its territories.
Furthermore, President Sleiman stressed the necessity to put an end to the phenomenon of kidnapping and robbery, noting the efficient measures and steps that were adopted by the military and security forces, on top of which the Lebanese army, in order to control security and pursue the violators and refer them to the specialized judiciary authorities.
The economic situation and the living conditions have been discussed in details as well as the best means to address them.
His Excellency the President presented his vision of the integrated national defense strategy.
Following deliberations, the following points and decisions were agreed on:
1. Considering the vision presented by His Excellency the President as a starting point for discussion aiming at concurring on a national defense strategy, addressing the issue of arms, and asserting the necessity to maintain the dynamics of the dialogue.
2. Building on what the visit of His Holiness the Pope consecrated in terms of the atmosphere of stability and solidarity among the various groups and components of the Lebanese people in order to consecrate a permanent approach of dialogue and concurrence when addressing national issues.
3. Considering the Anti-Islam film and pictures a provocative condemned act that aims at sowing strife, separation and conflicts among civilizations, religions, and cultures, and thus support the Lebanese government in its position calling for initiating efforts on preparing and issuing an international law that prohibits and incriminates offenses against the heavenly religions.
4. Setting the next National Dialogue session on Monday the 12th of November 2012 at 11:00.