Dismayed by Presidents Letter to Arab Summit, Hizbullah Compares it to ‘July War Awkar Meeting’

Hizbullah party expressed dismay at a letter sent by five Lebanese Presidents and Prime Ministers to the Arab summit in Jordan, ahead of President Michel Aoun’s travel to take part in the summit, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Saturday.

The party likened the letter “to a meeting held at the US embassy in Awkar during the 2006 July war between some Lebanese leaders and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, when the US was seeking to stop the war, while some of those leaders were enthusiastic about its continuation,” according to the daily.

Hizbullah has interpreted the letter as a clear invitation to carry on with the sanctions against Hizbullah, reported the daily.

The letter was sent to the Arab Summit by former presidents Michel Suleiman and Amin Gemayel and ex-PMs Tammam Salam, Najib Miqati and Fouad Saniora.

It stresses the importance of Lebanon’s commitment to U.N. resolutions, especially Resolution 1701, and tackles controversial issues such as Hizbullah’s arms, the Baabda Declaration, Lebanon’s dissociation policy, the state’s authority over its territory and foreign interference in the Syrian crisis.

Several officials have voiced dismay over the letter and accused the former presidents and premiers of bypassing the country’s president and premier.