German Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel (R) and Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil talk after giving a joint press conference on November 16, 2017 in Berlin. Germany OUT (AFP/dpa/Soeren Stache)
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Lebanon rejects any foreign intervention in its domestic affairs, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said Thursday, adding that the Lebanese government maintains its respect for the policy of dissociation. Bassil also warned that any measures against Lebanon would backfire. Bassil said Thursday that what matters now is for Hariri to return and make the decision he sees best.Gabriel praised Lebanon's approach to the latest political crisis, welcoming the invitation French President Emmanuel Macron extended Wednesday for Hariri and his family to travel to France.Gabriel stressed that Germany supports Lebanon's unity and stability and that it stands beside both Lebanon and all the countries who want to maintain that stability.This point was raised by Bassil, who said any impact on Lebanon's stability, regardless of its form, wouldn't play well with anyone.As with recent statements by French, German and British political figures, McCain's statement referred to Hariri as a prime minister.
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