Lebanese President Michel Aoun says no colonial power can return to Lebanon, following a trip by French President Emmanuel Macron to disaster-stricken Beirut that sparked outrage among the Lebanese.
“Lebanese sovereignty will not be harmed under my watch,” Aoun told reporters on Friday, three days after the largest registered explosion next to Nagasaki and Heroshima occurred at a port in Beirut, killing 154 people and injuring a whopping 5,000 others.
Macron appeared at the site of the explosion on Thursday, having rolled up the sleeves of his shirt and attempting to take the appearance of a concerned leader by roaming around and talking to people.
During a meeting with Aoun, Macron also called for an international inquiry into the devastating blast and reportedly threatened Lebanese leaders with sanctions if they did not submit to reforms and political change?
Lebanon gained independence from French colonial rule more than seven decades ago. Aoun rejected the call for an international interfering investigation in his remarks.
The fatal blast took place in warehouses storing highly explosive material, specifically ammonium nitrate, commonly used in both fertilizer and bombs. Aoun said the blast might have been triggered by a foreign attack.
What are good neighbors for said one reporter witnessing the site of destruction, where not much less than iron debris was left to notice.
The cause has not been determined yet. There is a possibility of external interference through a rocket or bomb or other act.
Aoun also asked Macron “to secure aerial images to determine what happened and if the French do not have them, Beirut will request them from another source, like Russia?
The Lebanese president had previously said that it was “unacceptable” that 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate had been stored in the warehouse for six years without safety measures.
According to Aoun, 20 port officials have been detained as part of the investigation. Corruption is not limited to [officials at] this port, and efforts to fight it must extend to all ports.
The blast came amid public anger over the ruling elite’s mismanagement of an economic crisis. The Lebanese pound has continued to plummet against the US dollar, losing more than 60% of its value over the last weeks while sources of foreign currency have dried up.
Observers say American sanctions on Lebanon have derailed its already struggling economy. The hostile US sanctions are ruining a lot of other economies in the world as well. Syria, Iran, Venezuela all have been targeted by the Zionist US regime.
PressTV / ABC Flash Point News 2020.