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Fadlullah received a delegation of the National Accord Front: "Why do we speak about confessional reconciliations and not unifying national reconciliations instead?

His Eminence, the Religious Authority Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah, received a delegation of the "National Accord Front" headed by its chairman, Bilal Takieddine. The delegation invited His Eminence to take part in the seminar organized by the Front on Thursday under the headline: "The Concept of Resistance", in which figures from various groups and political trends in Lebanon will participate . The meeting between Fadlullah and the delegation addressed the development of the domestic situation in Lebanon.

Addressing the delegation, His Eminence said that Lebanon will not come out of the bottleneck into the space of freedom, if the confessional quota system continues to exist. This system has embedded and entrenched sectarianism and confessional feelings after they were mere customs, and has turned the officials to groups motivated by their factionist and election needs to mobilize as many people as possible under the banner of sectarianism. Furthermore, services paid by politicians have become contingent upon the closed sectarian or political mood and the citizens cannot get hold of these services but from a sectarian or confessional window, thus turning Lebanon into disunited states.

He added: "This mentality emanating from the confessional quota system deviated the political parties from their broader causes and missions. Reconciliations have taken on confessional headlines instead of witnessing Lebanese reconciliation under the auspices of the institutions. We started to hear about Sunni-Shiite reconciliation and intra-Christian reconciliation and Shiite-Druze reconciliation....  without taking into consideration the fate of the country, under the influence of their disagreements that disrupted and destabilized the country. Though the parties and movements failed to reach a strong national consensus, political leaders  endorsed their own agreements that were based on their interests or on the international and regional circumstances that contributed to the formation [of these agreements].

He added: "I believe Lebanon is in a great need for independent figures whose decisions are self-made and stem from an honest vision for the country. These leaders should work upon the people's interests and needs. Hence, it is the responsibility of wise parties to bring these figures together and look for those whose only concern is the unity of the country.

He added: "I do not want to talk about the lack of the sense of belonging, but I distinguish between belonging to a closed partisan or sectarian prison and between belonging to a political and national and free and open and tolerant space. We should not slaughter the country at the altar of personal interests, which are supposed to be privileges granted to this or that sect, while in fact they are privileges granted a certain figure of this or that sect.

The allocation of power and positions and the deals the state  supervises have shown us that the only beneficiaries are the leaders and sectarian lords. Turning Lebanon back into a homeland after it has been lost in the darkness of confessional leaders requires searching for a solution mechanism. This could only be carried out by a leading, open and daring generation that seeks change and is not hindered by any blame .