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Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri greets Speaker Nabih Berri ahead of a Ramadan iftar at the Grand Serail on May 29. (dalati and nohra)

Beirut – Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri stressed on Monday his country’s commitment to the Arab League charter, adding that dialogue is the only solution to end regional wars.

He said during a Ramadan iftar held in honor of religious and political figures: “Meddling in the internal affairs of Arab countries does not reflect the Lebanese state, government and legitimate institutions.”

He noted that the challenges resulting from the Israeli occupation of Arab lands “requires us to commit to Arab solidarity and reject the declared Israeli intention to ‘Judaize’ Jerusalem, which will pose a new real threat for peace projects.”

The premier therefore underscored the need for dialogue, stressing: “When the language of dialogue ceases, then other languages make their move and we pay for their price in blood and destruction.”

“During this critical national and regional time, what use are some of the Lebanese battle gains in foreign wars when they lose their right to a dignified life on the inside?” wondered Hariri from the Grand Serail in Beirut.

“The war for economy and development is the battle I have chosen to wage in my government,” he announced.

He highlighted some of his cabinet’s accomplishments in regards to resolving internet, garbage and electrical issues in a short period of time.

He added that solutions have been prepared for a number of files, “but they need bold political decisions away from sectarianism and corruption.”

“The problem in Lebanon lies in that we seek quick solutions that end up only patching up problems. The people have grown used to this, but they are fed up with temporary and fake solutions. They are instead calling out for real change,” he stressed

“Lebanon needs radical change similar to the ones seen in 1990s. They start with preparing necessary studies that are accompanied by planning and legislation workshops. They should be completed with phases of execution and operation,” Hariri stated.