Al-Mustaqbal movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri declared Monday that he would want Hizbullah's controversial arsenal of weapons to be part of any “package deal” among the rival political parties.
“When Hizbullah lost hope that (Free Patriotic Movement founder MP Michel) Aoun can become president, it started talking about the package deal,” said Hariri in a chat with reporters.
“If they want a package deal, we also want a package deal involving its weapons,” the ex-PM added.
Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah had in November called for a “comprehensive political settlement” over the issues of the stalled presidential vote, the next government and the electoral law that should be approved for the parliamentary polls.
“Let us engage in bilateral, tripartite or four-party talks to discuss the issues of the presidency, the premier, the government's structure and the electoral law,” Nasrallah urged, noting that addressing the country's problems “little by little” has become “very tiresome.”