BEIRUT: Concerns about a serious deterioration of the security situation in Lebanon after a deadly bombing caused President Michel Sleiman to postpone his family vacation to France, a political source said Monday.
The source said Sleiman was scheduled to leave Monday for a one-week holiday visit to France.
“The trip has been delayed and not cancelled,” said the source who spoke to The Daily Star on condition of anonymity.
The source said Sleiman had come to the conclusion that the deteriorating security situation required him to stay home.
Lebanon has been recently upset by a spate of serious security incidents linked to the more than two-year-old civil war in Syria.
A car bombing killed at least 27 people and wounded more than 300 in the pro-Hezbollah neighborhood of Ruwaiss south of Beirut last week.
On Sunday, security forces seized a car loaded with 250 kilograms of explosives in the coastal town of Naameh, south of Beirut.
At the beginning of the month two Turkish pilots were kidnapped after arriving to the Beirut airport.