Hariri’s widow congratulates Nasrallah on prisoner swap

TEHRAN, July 22 (MNA) – The widow of the murdered former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri has congratulated Hezbollah for obtaining the release of Lebanese soldiers in a swap deal with Israel.

Last week Israel handed over its last five Lebanese prisoners and the bodies of 199 Lebanese and Palestinian fighters. In exchange Hezbollah returned the bodies of two Israeli soldiers.

 

Tens of thousands of people attended celebrations after the swap, including Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah.

 

In a letter to the Hezbollah chief, Nazik Hariri said, “This historic occasion is regarded as a new victory for Lebanon’s resistance movement against the hegemonic powers’ oppressive acts.”

 

“I congratulate you, the Lebanese nation, and the families of the released prisoners on this victory, on behalf of the Hriri family that fought against tyranny through diplomacy.”

 

Addressing Nasrallah, she said, “You understand the meaning of sacrifice better than any one because you fought against the enemy beside your martyr son Hadi.”

 

Rafiq Al-Hariri was the prime minister of Lebanon from 1992 to 1998 and again from 2000 until his resignation in 2004. He headed five cabinets during his tenure.

 

Hariri dominated the country’s post-war political and business life and is widely credited with reconstructing Beirut after 15 years of civil war.

 

Hariri was assassinated in 2005 when explosives equivalent to around 1000kg of TNT were detonated as his motorcade drove past St. George Hotel in Beirut.

 

Hariri’s killing led to a massive political change in Lebanon, including the Cedar Revolution and the withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon.

 

BA/PA

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