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Hariri backs Qatar mission in Syria

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, April 29, 2009. (The Daily Star/Grace Kassab)

BEIRUT: Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Wednesday on Twitter that the the March 14 coalition was the “core” of the “Arab Spring” and backed intervention in Syria to end the unrest there. Hariri said the Gulf Cooperation Council should support a Qatar mission to send troops to Syria to end President Bashar Assad’s crackdown on protesters who are opposing his rule.

“I agree totally with you,” tweeted Hariri in response to a comment about the intervention. Hariri has been very active on Twitter, voicing his opposition to the Syrian regime. Previously he was one of the few Arab leaders to call for an international no-fly-zone over the country.

Hariri also tweeted a response to a question on Twitter asking if his coalition was active enough in the Arab Spring. He responded by saying the March 14 coalition had been criticized for its role in the Arab Spring.

He was referencing the 2005 rallies to expel Syria from Lebanon after the murder of Hariri’s father, Rafik. Some Middle East analysts trace the region’s independence-minded popular movements back to those mass rallies in Lebanon.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on January 19, 2012, on page 2.




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