BEIRUT: President Michel Sleiman renewed Wednesday a call for Lebanon to remain out of regional conflicts in light of the tensions in the country over repeated security incidents.
Sleiman, in a statement from his office, called on “all political forces to reconsider the disassociation policy based on the Baabda Declaration.”
He also called on the various politicians to put national interests above all others.
The “ Baabda Declaration,” an agreement reached between rival March 8 and March 14 leaders in 2012, calls for “keeping Lebanon away from the policy of regional and international conflicts and sparing it the negative repercussions of regional tensions and crises.”
The president has on several previous occasions urged Hezbollah to end its military campaign in Syria, saying it clearly violated the pact to keep Lebanon distant from the war in its neighbor.
Tensions have escalated Lebanon following a spate of deadly security incidents including car bombings.
On Friday, two car bombs in the northern city of Tripoli outside mosques killed at least 47 people and wounded more than 500.
The attack came one week after a similar car bombing ripped through the Hezbollah-controlled Beirut suburb of Ruwaiss, killing 30 people and wounding at least 300.
On July 9, a car bomb exploded in nearby Bir al-Abed, wounding over 50 people.