BEIRUT: Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah called for a safe and calculated return of Lebanese people stuck abroad, during a televised speech Saturday evening.
"There should be no negotiation on whether or not Lebanese people should return to the country," said Nasrallah.
He called on the government to urgently make a decision on the issue of return, and said Lebanese citizens and residents should be brought back as soon as possible and not be left until after April 12.
Cabinet extended the nationwide lockdown period until April 12, in a bid to fight the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
The Hezbollah leader also said that the government should provide all possible assistance and put in its maximum efforts to help the citizens abroad, return home.
Nasrallah called for cooperation from citizens and institutions for the fight against the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
“People should not leave the government alone to deal with this issue,” he said.
Nasrallah criticized the Association of Banks’ donation of $6 million to the Lebanese government to fight the coronavirus, saying the amount is very minimal compared to their financial capacity.
“Prime Minister Hassan Diab should not have accepted it [the donation],” he said.
Nasrallah also called on banks to allow small depositors withdraw their money.
“The transfer of money to Lebanese students abroad is a humanitarian issue... and this can no longer be tolerated,” he said as Lebanese students studying abroad struggle to receive money from home as a result of informal capital controls imposed by local banks on the transfer and withdrawal foreign currency.