Bassil appeals to member-states of Coalition Against Daesh to participate in Rome Conference: " Terrorism will remain unless the displaced return to their countries"
13 Feb 2018 - Edited and translated by: ME Times Int'l
(Translation appears in Arabic section)
Kuwait – The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Gebran Bassil participated in a joint invitation from the State of Kuwait and the International Coalition against Daesh at the ministerial meeting of the Coalition against Daesh held in Bayan Palace in the presence of Sheikh Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah Kuwait's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Rex Tillerson Secretary of State of the United States of America and Foreign Ministers of 44 out of 74 States and organizations participating in the Alliance as well as a number of representatives of regional and international organizations.
Minister Bassil delivered a speech as following: "I come to you today from my small country, Lebanon, the first country in the region to defeat Daesh terrorism, based on three pillars:
First: A national army, poor in its equipment and rich in its determination. It was able to liberate the land with the help of a resistance people accustomed to defeat every aggressor. A small army that made victory with a tank from the 1950s, while massed armies using the latest equipment were defeated. This army has developed with the help of some of you, offering the model of the national army, which stands on the borders of his country to defend the sovereignty of his country and the security of your countries. This allows us to appeal to you to participate and assist in the Conference of Rome 2 on March 15. This conference is dedicated to support our army and our security forces to be able to eradicate terrorism that has arisen in our countries and will soon infiltrate into yours.
Second: A diverse and moderate society that rejects unilateralism and extremism, which destroys the germ of terrorism as it is the counter- Daesh example. It is the cradle of every human value and the repellent of any Takfiri organization.
Third: a proactive and successful policy in dismantling and eradicating terrorist cells based on the integration of our country's components and cooperation between our agencies and yours.
Three factors would not have worked alone if Lebanon has not been by its existence and composition, the country of diversity, coexistence, dialogue and tolerance.
Lebanon has fought for itself and is now fighting for you. It has paid for the policies that made it the most country to receive displaced people in the history of mankind. It is known that mass exodus can only be accompanied by terrorism or violence.
In the past, some have planted the elimination of the Palestinian state. Lebanon has reaped the Palestinian refugee, accompanied by violence and extremism. Some have now planted a manipulation of the States affairs and we have witnessed an unprecedented displacement.
Some also fueled the previous intellectual extremism to stop the ideological expansion of al-Qaeda terrorism. Today some are feeding bizarre extremism to change regimes that it has resulted in an unprecedented barbarism. Al-Qaeda appears suddenly and disappears suddenly also. Daesh will appear sometimes to evaporate again. can we know where it will make the new appearance in order to anticipate new misfortunes to humanity? Does anyone believe that terrorism elimination after the military clearance will be without the dissemination of democracy and the promotion of development.
Terrorism will not end unless you open the way for the safe and dignified return of displaced people to their country.
The mass exodus is like raging waters that make way for the dissolution of any country or society. Therefore, we see an upsurge of extreme right-wing movements in most of your democratic countries. The reason is as usual, that the groups assume the role of the state when the state fails to perform its duty to protect its people and societies.
Terrorism will continue to threaten us and your countries across the Mediterranean Sea unless you are convinced that integration is not right when it is collective unless when a people adapts to the conditions of their new country and not to the integration into another country.
Terrorism will remain unless the displaced return to their countries.