BASSIL FOR A STRONG STATE, MISREPRESENTATION ONE OF THE VULNERABILITIES TO BE ADDRESSED

Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Gebran Bassil, highlighted Sunday the need for a strong State, adding that "misrepresentation in Lebanon ranks among the flaws to be tackled."

Speaking during his inauguration of a Free Patriotic Movement bureau in the town of Shaath in Baalbek, Bassil said, "We are the guards of this country, spread all over its borders. We form the mixture for coexistence in this nation."

He added: "We are being hit, and we are absorbing the shocks because this is our nature. Today, we are exposed to what the Copts of Egypt are exposed or vice versa. Regardless whether in Syria, Iraq or Egypt, the concept of diversity and coexistence is the notion that is being targeted."

Bassil, therefore, stressed "the need to reach an electoral law that will ensure proper representation and strengthen us as Lebanese."

He hoped that the Free Patriotic Movement would always be a meeting point between the Lebanese, rejecting anything that would weaken the country.

Bassil's Baalbek-Hermel tour included stop-over's in the towns of Majdaloun, Masnaa Zahra and Hadath Baalbek.

Source: National News Agency