BEIRUT: Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati dismissed in remarks published Wednesday calls for holding an emergency Cabinet meeting on the impact that a potential Western military strike on Syria would have on Lebanon.
“I’m not considering calling an emergency Cabinet meeting now; first because a military strike has not yet taken place and secondly, so as not to look like we are promoting it,” Mikati told the local daily As-Safir newspaper.
"We are advocates of peace and stability in the entire region, but if [a strike] took place, then we will act according to circumstances” he said.
Mikati’s remarks come after caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour called Tuesday for an emergency Cabinet session to discuss the effect a military strike on Syria would have on Lebanon.
Mansour also warned that a possible war against Syria would “have negative repercussions on the whole region.”
For his part, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said Lebanon’s influence on the course of the war in Syria was insignificant.
However, Berri warned that the conflict in Syria and the region “gives Israel a good chance to get the things they want during negotiations with the Palestinians.”
“Sadly some Arabs, before the West, were quick to secure support for the so-called strike [on Syria],” he told As-Safir.
The U.S. and other Western countries have signaled their readiness to take action over last week’s suspected use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime in the suburbs of Damascus, an act which has been widely condemned by the international community.