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May 24, 2023
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Lebanese Minister Of The Displaced Issam Sharaf El-Din: Hizbullah Will Not Pose A Long-Term Threat If Israel Accepts Its Demands; The U.S. Should Negotiate With Iran, Hizbullah

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Source: Al-Jadeed TV (Lebanon)

Lebanese Minister of the Displaced Issam Sharaf El-Din said on a May 24, 2023 show on Al-Jadeed TV (Lebanon) that he has told U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy Shea that if the U.S. guarantees that Israel complies with Lebanon’s demands from Israel regarding disputed territories and its attacks in Syria then Hizbullah would become much less of a threat. He said that he also suggested that the Americans should negotiate with Iran and Hizbullah because the Lebanese people, not Hizbullah, are paying the price for the current situation. Sharaf El-Din added that Ambassador Shea said that she agreed with this, but that this decision was not in her jurisdiction.

Issam Sharaf El-Din: "Lebanon has demands: The return of the Shebaa Farms, the seven villages, and the occupied part of Ghajar.

"I spoke to the African ambassador and said to her: 'Get these (lands) back to us, give us guarantees from your ally, Israel, that it will not attack us in land, air, or sea, and then..."

Interviewer: "With regard to the sea, there is already border demarcation, and no need for..."

El-Din: "I am talking about the air raids and the attacks in Syria. I said to her that if they give us those things we want, the issue of Hizbullah's weapons will not have many... Long-term goals. Then I talked to her about a very sensitive issue. When two armies fight and there is no outcome after 40-50 years, they should sit down and negotiate. I said to her: Go ahead and negotiate with Iran and Hizbullah, via people who will serve as mediators. This is because we, the Lebanese people, are paying for the consequences of this war, and the siege you lay on Lebanon, and on Syria, with the Caesar Act..."

Interviewer: "Is there an American siege on Lebanon?'

El-Din: "The consequences of this do not effect Hizbuullah. Hizbullah is not weak. It is strong. You are weakening the Lebanese people. Go ahead and negotiate. She said I was right but this as not in her jurisdiction."

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