BEIRUT: Lebanese involvement in the Syria crisis, whether directly or indirectly, puts the country in grave danger, Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati said Friday, as he asked Arab countries to assist with the rising number of Syrian refugees.
“Tying the Lebanese reality to the Syrian crisis, the Lebanese' involvement, directly or indirectly, and betting on strengthening a certain reality or changing it is a very serious venture, and it's danger is not only felt by political parties but by all Lebanese,” Mikati said during a luncheon.
He also said that Lebanon’s “sole interest” lies in a swift political solution in neighboring Syria and the restoration of peace there.
“Any other bets are a risk, Lebanon cannot tolerate its consequences,” he added.
Mikati also said Lebanon was part of the Arab world, and consequently "it is affected by what happens in Arab countries and has relations with all Arab states."
"Therefore, Lebanon can only be on the side of the Arab consensus but at the same time it cannot tolerate any additional burden,” he said.
“We are looking to our Arab brethren to really understand our reality, and to stand by Lebanon to spare the country the dangers and help it cope with the burden that has exceeded our capabilities,” Mikati said, referring to the effects of the Syrian crisis on Lebanon and the massive presence of Syrian refugees, in particular.
The caretaker PM also addressed the political deadlock preventing the formation of a new government, saying dialogue is the only means to resolve problems and compromise.