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Lebanon crisis real threat to security: Salam
File - Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam speaks during an interview with Reuters at his home in Beirut April 7, 2013. (REUTERS/ Jamal Saidi)
File - Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam speaks during an interview with Reuters at his home in Beirut April 7, 2013. (REUTERS/ Jamal Saidi)
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BEIRUT: Lebanon's political crisis constitutes a real threat to the country’s security, Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam said Monday.

“[The Lebanese political] deadlock has become a great concern and a real threat to our security, stability and social fabric,” said Salam in a message to the Lebanese on the occasion of Christmas and New Year holidays.

“The Lebanese have witnessed, through the heinous acts of terrorism in Beirut and its southern suburb, in Tripoli, Sidon and the Bekaa, a depiction of the abyss that the security of the country can slip into if the political life remains paralyzed and if we remain short of calm and responsible dialogue,” he added.

Salam also noted that the tense political rhetoric in the country is a further factor that augments the crisis in Lebanon.

Salam said that the only solution to the political deadlock is openness and dialogue among the political rivals “to reach solutions that can save the country and preserve the future of its people and their right for a free and decent life.”

He also urged reference to the democratic system and the Constitution.

The PM-designate hoped the new year would hold hope for a breakthrough out of Lebanon’s crisis.

 
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