Suleiman Frangieh to al-Ahed: Aggression on Syria Aims at Striking the Resistance Axis
In an exclusive interview with al-Ahed News website, Head of the Lebanese Marada Movement Suleiman Frangieh tackled the latest development of events in Lebanon and the region: Q: Does the Syrian President believe that there are tangible chances of a peaceful solution in Syria through the Geneva conference?President al-Assad always advocated peaceful solutions and dialogue, but dialogue cannot occur with those who participated in bloodshed. President al-Assad is ready for dialogue with the opposition that can control its members in case an agreement was reached.Q: You were convinced that the regime will not fall. What supports your conviction?An objective analysis of events. The Syrian regime is not the Egyptian regime. The Syrian Army does not have an ideology, and did not receive their training from the US like the Egyptian Army. I believe that Assad is not like Husni Mobarak, or Zein al-Abedine Ben Ali; he is a loved person by his Army and people, and has real friends.Q: After the Zionist assaults on Syria and the reactions of Syria and its allies, is there any fear of an all-inclusive war in the region?
When "Israel" sees that the regime in Syria is still strong, it fears for its future. It is in "Israel's" direct interest to be a bystander in the war on Syria, but when "Israel" threatens to declare a war on Syria, that means that it is directly and essentially concerned to what is happening in Syria and is an accomplice in the war against it.Q: Will the axis opposing the Syrian regime yield to the Syrian Army's achievements in the battlefield?I believe that it is not easy to hit the Syrian regime anymore. When "Israel" attacked Syria, what happened? Syria received S-300 strategic missiles.Q: It has become clear that Lebanon has become in the center of the Syrian equation. In your opinion, what is the political role in Tripoli's events, especially after the direct targeting of the Lebanese Army?I don't believe that people in Jabal Mohsen provoked anyone, but they are always a target to the people who aim at sowing strife.Q: Who is the party that arms the armed groups [in Tripoli]?People always said that the armed groups were being armed by the Internal Security Forces (ISF). In Wikileaks, Samir Geagea apparently told the US Embassy, "Ashraf Rifi gave us weapons but it is not enough." We had said that Rifi armed these groups, and he himself had declared it.The leaders in the Bab al-Tabbaneh-Jabal Mohsen axes only take orders from some politicians, and do not listen to moderate politicians. Events in Tripoli are a reaction to Syria's events, and the regional ambiance will determine Tripoli's fate.
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