BEIRUT: Speaker Nabih Berri voiced Wednesday bitterness over Arab stances regarding developments in Syria and stressed the need for a national unity Cabinet in Lebanon.
“I am bitter over the Arab stance concerning developments in Syria and what the coming days will hold in case a strike by [Western powers] against Syria is confirmed,” said Berri during his weekly meeting with lawmakers at his residence in Ain al-Tineh, Beirut.
Western powers, mainly the U.S., are considering a response against the regime of President Bashar Assad over an alleged gas attack last week outside the Syrian capital that led to death of hundreds.
The Arab League Tuesday slammed Assad for the gas attack, in what diplomatic sources interpreted as a political cover for any possible military strike by Western states. Saudi Arabia also called on the international community to take a “decisive and serious” stance against Damascus.
Berri stressed that a national unity Cabinet was needed in Lebanon in light of regional developments.
“A national unity Cabinet should be formed now more than ever because it has become a necessity in such exceptional circumstances,” he said.
The government formation process in Lebanon has been stalled for over five months over disputes between political rivals.