Georges Habash Congratulates Lebanese President on Israeli Withdrawal

Published July 4th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Lebanese President Emile Lahoud met Monday with the former Palestinian leader Georges Habash, who congratulated him for the liberation of southern Lebanon, an official source said. 

The former secretary general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), who lives in Damascus, said the May 24th Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon after 22 years of occupation was "a victory for the whole Arab nation." 

Habash, one of the founding leaders of the Arab nationalist movement, was also met by Hizbollah’s number two, Sheikh Naim Qassem, whose movement spearheaded the resistance to Israeli occupation 

"Lebanon's resistance model can be repeated 100 percent, meaning that we consider resistance the only means to achieve our aims," Habash was quoted by the Daily Star following the meeting with Qassem.  

Habash, who was accompanied by Beirut MP Najah Wakim, former Hizbollah MP Ali Ammar and Hizbollah politburo member Hassan Hodroj said however that the type of resistance would be different, said the Lebanese daily. 

"We have to take into consideration the specific nature of the West Bank and Gaza but in the general framework. We have to prove that resistance is the only option," said Habash, who met Qassem at Hizbollah’s headquarters in Haret Hreik – (Several Sources)  


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