BEIRUT: Maronite Bishops called Wednesday for the formation of a new Cabinet away from foreign interventions and taking into consideration the interests of the country.
“A new Cabinet that prioritizes the interests of Lebanon over sectarian and partisan interests should be formed and not a Cabinet of conditions and counter-conditions or a government of foreign interventions,” the bishops said in a statement following their monthly meeting.
“Any Cabinet that is not strictly formed by Lebanese forces is aimed at dividing the country,” they warned.
Lebanon’s Cabinet stalemate has been ongoing for over six months due to differences between political rivals.
The bishops also Wednesday welcomed the recent deployment of security forces in Beirut's southern suburbs.
“Such deployment has helped in limiting the phenomenon of self-security in the country,” they said.
The bishops also hailed the international support intended to help Lebanon deal with the influx of Syrian refugees in the country.
“We welcome the international and Arab willingness to support Lebanon in easing the increasing burdens caused by the influx of refugees,” they said.
They added that “a national stand is needed to tackle the crisis of refugees.”
The bishops also reiterated the need to commit to the disassociation policy from the Syrian crisis.
“We call on all Lebanese sides to remain neutral from the Syrian crisis and instead work for a political solution to the unrest,” they said.
An international meeting in New York recently announced $339 million in additional humanitarian aid in response to Syria's crisis, including $74 million for Lebanon to support Syrian refugees in the country.