BEIRUT: Jordanian King Abdullah II has voiced concern over the situation in Lebanon and called for an end to intervention by Lebanese parties in the neighboring Syrian war.
“Our hearts go out to Lebanon as it is the [neighboring] country most affected by the Syrian crisis in light of its demographic structure,” the Jordanian ruler told pan-Arab Al-Hayat newspaper in an article published Saturday.
“The security and political situation in Lebanon is very delicate ... Lebanon cannot bear the intervention by any side in the Syrian conflict,” he said.
“Out of concern for the security, stability, sovereignty and security of Lebanon, we emphasize the need for the non-intervention of any Lebanese side in the conflict in Syria,” he said, describing any interference in the Syrian war as “unconstructive.”
“We have always warned of the repercussions of the Syria crisis on neighboring countries and always supported Lebanon in international forums to enable it to deal with the humanitarian repercussions of the Syrian crisis,” he said.
Hezbollah is openly fighting alongside forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad against rebels seeking the Syrian leader’s ouster despite Lebanon’s official disassociation policy toward the war there.
Lebanon, bordered by Syria in the north and east, hosts the largest number of Syrian refugees in the region outside Syria.