BEIRUT: Caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour said Tuesday he had received an invitation from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to attend the Geneva II peace conference on Syria later this month.
“I informed President Michel Sleiman about the invitation,” Mansour told The Daily Star.
Mansour said that Lebanon’s participation in the Jan. 22 conference was “necessary,” adding that the caretaker government would decide whether Lebanon would attend.
Convened by Russia, the U.S. and the U.N. in the Swiss town of Montreux – across the lake from Geneva – the one-day event aims at finding a peaceful solution to Syria’s almost 3-year-old civil war. It will be chaired by Ban and attended by the foreign ministers of dozens of countries.
The March 14 coalition has expressed its opposition to Mansour’s attendance at the Geneva II conference, arguing that he does not represent the interests of Lebanon and its disassociation policy from the war in neighboring Syria.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on January 08, 2014, on page 1.