BEIRUT: Lebanon’s resigned government should convene to address the repercussions of a possible military strike on Syria, caretaker Foreign Affairs Minister Adnan Mansour said Tuesday in a phone conversation with his Syrian counterpart Walid Moallem.
According to his office, Mansour contacted Moallem who informed him of the recent developments and threats against Syria. The two agreed to remain in contact.
"This dangerous situation requires an urgent Cabinet meeting or at the least a call for a small-scale ministerial meeting to look into the threats Syria is facing and the possibility of a military strike and how this would impact Lebanon,” Manour said.
“Such an urgent meeting would help Lebanon face the repercussions or limit their affects,” he added.
Syrian opposition groups have claimed that over 1,000 people were killed in a chemical attack near a rebel-held suburb of Damascus.
Reuters quoted sources who attended a meeting between envoys and the Syrian National Coalition saying Western powers told the Syrian opposition to expect a strike against Assad's forces within days in response to the attack.
The Arab League and some Western states have blamed the regime for the attack.
Mansour also said that the government should convene even under a caretaker capacity.
“Despite the fact that it's a caretaker government, if it doesn't convene urgently today in the face of this dangerous situation, then when will it?” he asked.
Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati resigned in March over Cabinet differences. Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam has struggled for over four months to form a new government.