TRIPOLI: Tripoli MP Khaled Daher accused Iran and Syria Thursday of targeting Lebanon’s politics, economy and tourism by toppling former Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s national unity Cabinet and installing “a government of agents” in its place. Speaking at a news conference, Daher, who belongs to Hariri’s parliamentary Future bloc, lambasted Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s government, saying it has failed to resolve the country’s problems. “What we are seeing these days in Lebanon is a clear targeting of its entity and institutions. It is being targeted in politics, security, economy, tourism and industry at all levels,” Daher said. “Lebanon has been politically targeted by the Syrian-Iranian regime through the toppling of [Hariri’s] national unity Cabinet [in January 2011] and installing a government of agents for the Syrian and Iranian regime,” he said. Daher added that the Mikati government’s failure to deal with all issues has led to Lebanon’s relations with the outside world being strained. “This prompted some Arab states to advise their citizens against traveling to Lebanon,” he said. Saudi Arabia Monday joined the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain in advising their citizens against traveling to Lebanon because of security concerns.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on July 06, 2012, on page 4.