BEIRUT: Lebanon should take part in the Geneva II peace conference on Syria, caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour said Friday.
“I have not been consulted over the participation in Geneva II yet but it is necessary to take part in [this conference] because we are witnessing the repercussions of the Syria crisis across Lebanon on the security and political levels and in our daily lives,” Mansour told the Voice of Lebanon radio station.
“We cannot say we disassociate ourselves from what is happening. That is why Lebanon has to have a stance over what is going on,” he added.
Mansour said that Lebanon has not officially received an invitation to take part in the Geneva conference and “the country will take the appropriate decision on taking part in the conference once the invitation is received.”
Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati signaled Thursday that Lebanon might attend the Geneva II peace conference, upholding however Lebanon's commitment to a policy of disassociation from Syria crisis.
Several officials, including Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby, have said they expect Geneva II to convene on Nov. 23, though the U.S., Russia and the United Nations have all said no date has been officially set.
Lebanon’s government has adopted a self-declared disassociation policy from Syria crisis but the country remains sharply divided over the conflict in the neighboring country.