BEIRUT: President Michel Sleiman said Tuesday he hoped the international community would work on Russia's initiative to improve the crisis in Syria, adding that there are positive indications that Lebanon will be spared from dangerous regional developments.
During a meeting at Baabda Palace, Sleiman said “he sensed a positive international atmosphere for distancing Lebanon from developments in the region.”
The U.S. seemed to back down on its plan to launch a military strike on Syria after Moscow and Damascus offered to put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control.
Congress, which was set to vote on the strike to punish President Bashar Assad on his alleged use of poisonous gas, postponed the debate in light of the recent Russian proposal.
Sleiman "hoped the Russian initiative would be built upon to resolve the situation in Syria," reiterating Lebanon’s stance in favor of a peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria.
The president also touched on the five-month-long deadlock over the formation of a new Cabinet, voicing confidence that a unifying government would be formed to keep up with domestic and foreign circumstances, reiterating his call for all parties to stay away from regional conflicts.