Strong Republic bloc member, MP Antoine Habshi, currently on a work visit to the United States, stressed Saturday that no threat will be allowed to change the facets of Lebanon that the Lebanese have inherited from their forefathers.
Speaking at a dinner banquet organized by the Lebanese Forces chapter in Buffalo, Habshi praised the vital role played by Lebanese emigrants, saying: "The Diaspora has had a huge role in the recent parliamentary elections, especially that their exerted efforts made it possible for the Lebanese Forces to win 15 parliamentary seats."
He stressed that "the Diaspora is Lebanon's pulse and spirit," and a "sign of our commitment to this nation in which we believe."
Habshi added: "The citizens gave us their trust based on two main headlines, namely the Lebanese sovereignty and combatting corruption. Unfortunately however, with all the reforms that we are trying to introduce in light of the difficult financial situation, our deputies are turning to the Lebanese abroad to seek donors in an effort to secure the development and advancement of the Lebanese people at the social and economic levels."
The MP emphasized that "the main doorway to overcoming the prevailing crisis lies in changing the way of running the State, which has burdened the country and its citizens for decades with unlimited debts."
"Our position as Lebanese Forces from the annual budget is clear, without being pessimistic, and with some reservations on certain items or clauses," noted Habshi, adding, "We presented a work document to the Lebanese government in an attempt to reduce the deficit, which included the closure of all illegal crossings, and the cessation of smuggling and customs evasion, which cost the State losses of more than 700 million dollars."
He deemed that just as the past struggle necessitated the preservation of Lebanon during the years of war, the struggle today requires that we stand on our feet, having the correct vision to properly overcome the economic and financial crises.