ZAKKA FROM BAABDA: Initiative For My Release Was Entirely 'Born in Lebanon'
11 Jun 2019
Lebanon- Freed Lebanese citizen, Nizar Zakka, said in the wake of his meeting with President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, at Baabda palace that the initiative for his release was entirely "born in Lebanon", deeming it as purely national initiative.
"The whole initiative was 'born in Lebanon' and ends today in Lebanon," Zakka said, adding that it was a national initiative whose outcome were positive.
"I am addressing you for the first time from the House of the Lebanese people under the sun of freedom that I have longed for. I spent three years in detention away from my family and friends. You were my real support and from you I derived my strength, "he said.
"I remain a resilient patriotic... Nothing has changed in me except becoming fiercer in terms of freedom of expression and access to the internet," he corroborated.
Zakka refrained from dwelling into the details of abduction, detention, false charges and the course of the trial.
ZAKKA VISITS HARIRI to Thank Him For His Efforts
11 Jun 2019
Lebanon- The President of the Council of Ministers Saad Hariri received this evening at the Grand Serail the Lebanese businessman Nizar Zakka who was released by the Iranian authorities, and congratulated him on his safe return to Lebanon.
After the meeting, Zakka said: “I came to thank Prime Minister Hariri for the efforts he exerted, for the stances he took and for his support. He did not spare any opportunity to ask all the Iranians who visited Lebanon about my conditions and he sent letters to all concerned parties to release me. I thanked him for his efforts and informed him about the efforts exerted by President Michel Aoun and the Director General of General Security Major General Abbas Ibrahim in this regard.”
He added: “I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone, especially Prime Minister Hariri, for all that he has done. He advised me about what I should do and I listened to him”.
Asked if he thanks (Hezbollah’s secretary general )Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, he said that he thanked all the Lebanese who helped him, the Lebanese state and everyone in the state who wanted to help another Lebanese citizen, adding that no conditions were imposed on him and that he came to Lebanon as a free innocent person.
BASSIL Congratulates Zakka on His Return to Lebanon
11 Jun 2019
Lebanon- Foreign and Emigrants Affairs Minister, Gebran Bassil, contacted by phone freed Nizar Zakka, congratulating him on his release and return to the folds of the nation.
IBRAHIM FROM BAABDA: Nizar Zakka's Release Came Following Aoun's Letter to Rouhani
11 Jun 2019
Lebanon- General Security Chief, Abbas Ibrahim, on Tuesday said in the wake of his meeting with President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, at the Baabda palace, that "Nizar Zakka was released following a letter from President Michel Aoun to his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani."
"Nizar Zakka's release came as a result of a letter from President Aoun to his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani," Maj. Gen. Ibrahim said.
Ibrahim quoted Iranian officials' as saying that Zakka's release occurred in pursuant to the wish and request of President Aoun.
Maj. Gen. Ibrahim indicated that Zakka's involvement in any dossier is to be determined by the Iranian authorities, adding "what matters to us is that any citizen or any holder of a Lebanese nationality in any iota of the world- even if he violates the laws of his state of residence- our role remains to bring him back."