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Lebanon minister blasts Syrian envoy, regime
File - Caretaker Social Affairs Minister Wael Abu Faour speaks during a press conference at the ministry in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. (Hasan Shaaban/The Daily Star)
File - Caretaker Social Affairs Minister Wael Abu Faour speaks during a press conference at the ministry in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. (Hasan Shaaban/The Daily Star)
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BEIRUT: Caretaker Social Affairs Minister Wael Abu Faour launched a scathing attack Saturday against President Bashar Assad’s regime in response to the Syrian envoy’s criticism of MP Walid Jumblatt, saying the regime faces an inevitable collapse.

“Of course, we were not surprised with the resilience of the [Syrian] regime or with their vast hatred against the Syrian people and the magnitude of the crimes led by its leadership and officers,” Abu Faour said in a statement in response to Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdel-Karim Ali.

“And we will not be surprised with the regime's inevitable collapse in the coming days with all its political, security, military and diplomatic ranks, who sooner or later will get what they deserve in order for justice and fairness to be achieved for the suffering of the Syrian people,” Abu Faour, a member of Jumblatt's Parliamentary bloc, said.

The Syrian envoy had slammed Jumblatt earlier this week, saying there were no ties between the head of the Progressive Socialist Party and President Bashar Assad.

“Syria has no relations whatsoever with the head of the [Parliamentary] National Struggle Front MP Walid Jumblatt who was a partner in the incitements against Syria, providing shelter for the gunmen and distorting facts,” Ali told a local radio.

Ali, who was responding to Jumblatt’s remarks that he would not return to Syrian until Assad falls, also said that Teymour, Jumblatt’s son, was not welcome in Damascus.

Jumblatt has voiced unequivocal support for the Syrian uprising since it erupted in March 2011 in a change of heart after he had previously aided the Hezbollah-led March 8 coalition ministers resign and force the collapse of former PM Saad Hariri’s government in January 2011.

MP Akram Shehayeb of Jumblatt’s bloc also responded to Ali Saturday, saying: "Jumblatt and his son are honored to have severed ties with the Syrian regime."

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