Aridi hails the struggle of
southerners against "Israel"
Mohammed Zaatari - May 23, 2011
The Daily Star
Works and Transport Minister Ghazi Aridi hailed over the weekend the
struggle of southerners to fight Israel during a tour in south Lebanon
to inspect plans of development projects.
Aridi added that the delay in the formation of a government was weighing
heavily on all vital sectors.
Speaking before Hezbollah officials at the Mleeta tourist complex, which
showcases the resistance’s military operations against Israeli forces
prior to the liberation of May 2000, Aridi said that the failure to form
a Cabinet was obstructing development projects.
“The Works Ministry cannot fix a hole on the road because it lacks
political decision making power, as well as financing. We are all
concerned with the prompt formation of a government to serve the
interests of all Lebanese and confront foreign threats, particularly by
Israel,” Aridi said Saturday.
“We need to form a Cabinet as soon as possible … every day that we delay
reflects negatively on all Lebanese, particularly the political parties
that agreed to nominate Najib Mikati as prime minister,” he added.
Aridi also praised those behind the construction of the Mleeta complex,
hailing it as a way to commemorate the achievements of the resistance.
Before his tour at Mleeta complex, Aridi, in the company of Hezbollah’s
Loyalty to Resistance parliamentary bloc leader Mohammad Raad, inspected
plans to expand a bridge connecting Nabatieh to Iqlim al-Kharoub.
On his arrival to Raad’s village of Jbaa, Aridi met with local municipal
officials and vowed that the ministry would kick off construction on a
road linking the suburbs of Sidon to the village of Haboush in the
According to local officials, the road is necessary to promote tourism
and investment in the area.
Raad, who offered Aridi an honorary shield, hailed the minister’s visit
to the Mleeta, which he said “witnessed the defeat of the Israeli
“The tour [of the complex] marks the historic path of men who dug into
these mountains with determination stronger than the enemy’s weapons and
its terrorism,” Aridi told reporters.
After his tour, Aridi attended a lunch banquet in the village of Alwazir,
attended by several Amal Movement lawmakers as well as south Lebanon
military and security officials.
Speaking at the banquet, Raad said that Hezbollah’s efforts to build a
strong state to serve the Lebanese people would not divert the
resistance’s attention away from strategic issues.
Raad added that obstacles reportedly hindering the government formation
process were not acceptable at a time when Israel and the U.S. sought to
undermine resistance movements in Lebanon, Syria and Palestine.
Raad also cited previous governments’ failure to establish development
projects in south Lebanon to provide job opportunities to residents.