(Guysen.International.News / 2009-03-07 20:30:00 ISRAEL)
Deputy leader praises 'new language speaking positively of Hizbullah and fostering of ties with it'
|Published:||03.07.09, 19:10 / Israel News|
| Hizbullah deputy leader Sheik Naim Kassem says his group expects new language by the West in dealing with the Iranian-backed Shiite Muslim group which calls for Israel's destruction. |
Kassem: Obama no different from Bush Photo: AP
Britain's Foreign Office announced Thursday that it has contacted Hizbullah's political wing in an attempt to reach out to its legislators. It said its ultimate aim is to encourage the group to abandon violence and play a constructive political role in the deeply divided country.
Kassem, speaking at a mosque in Beirut's southern neighborhood of Dahiya, added, "We believe this has derived from their understanding that we represent the people and seek out the truth, and that all efforts to force us to accept a policy that we refuse to accept are impossible."
Regarding Israel, the Hizbullah leader spoke of the northern Shebaa Farms and the Air Force's flights over Lebanon. "No one can convince us to accept the occupation in the Shebaa farms and no one can impose on us a situation in which Israel attacks us daily with its planes in Lebanon and force us to accept this," he said.
Kassem also passed judgment on the new US administration. "We do not rely on the new international changes nor do we rely on Obama's arrival in Bush's place because Obama's declarations in all things relating to the Middle East are no different from the bad things Bush came to," he said of the new US president.
The US did not appear to follow Britain's example in its offer to hold diplomatic talks with Hizbullah. Acting Deputy Department Spokesman Gordon Duguid has told reporters that the US has no intention of fostering ties with the group, but he refused to comment on London's decision.
AP contributed to this report