Hezbollah fighters set a Lebanese and the party s flags during a guided tour in a mountainous area around the Lebanese town of Arsal along the border with Syria, Tuesday, July 25, 2017. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Lebanon shouldn't see international assistance as unconditional, a Western diplomatic source told The Daily Star Tuesday, while urging additional government action to implement the policy of dissociation and check Hezbollah's relation to the state.In this vein, the source said that statements by Lebanese officials seen as supportive of the Iranian-backed group undermined the ability of Western states to assist state institutions.Responding to questions over Hezbollah as a regional issue, beyond the Lebanese government's ability to manage alone, the source said there was still action that could be taken.While the Western diplomatic source said that the concerns raised regarding Hezbollah weren't going to result in a major change in assistance, in the short term it could affect the "tone" of support, including the language of the statement after Friday's ISG meeting.A source close to Hariri told The Daily Star that the government is expecting the ISG to come out strongly in support of Lebanon Friday. The French source went on to say that the ISG would encourage all Lebanese political actors to ensure the effective functioning of state institutions will be correctly implemented.The French source was also quick to dismiss the notion that the meeting was at all linked to the possible Paris IV or Rome II donor conferences for infrastructure assistance and the Lebanese Army.
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