BEIRUT: Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said Saturday that the Baabda Declaration, an agreement to distance Lebanon from the Syrian conflict, is necessary for building a strong state.
“The Baabda Declaration is the minimum needed for establishing an effective state in Lebanon,” Geagea said in an interview to the Free Lebanon radio station on Saturday.
“The capable state in Lebanon is still a far away dream but we will continue to reach such aim,” he said.
The LF leader also criticized Hezbollah, saying that the party’s participation in the fighting in Syria alongside the Syrian regime was “scaring tourists and investors away and harming the country’s financial situation.”
The Baabda Declaration is an agreement between Lebanon’s opposing political leaders made in 2012 that calls for distancing Lebanon from regional conflicts.