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Lebanon adopts dissociation policy at Arab League meet on Syria

Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour attends a ceremony in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, April 12, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Lebanon adopted its disassociation policy toward the Syria crisis during an Arab League meeting in Qatar that called on President Bashar Assad to step down, Lebanon’s foreign affairs minister said Monday.

“Lebanon's stance during the meeting was a repeated affirmation of disassociation with regard to the situation in Syria,” Adnan Mansour told reporters upon arrival at Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport from Doha, Qatar.

The Lebanese minister added that he only made a few comments during the meeting, without providing details of his remarks.

Lebanon has maintained a policy of disassociation with regard to regional events, particularly the 16-month-old crisis in neighboring Syria.

Prime Minister Najib Mikati has said that his country cannot be in confrontation with Syria and the rest of the Arab world.

The United States, European and Arab states have voiced support to Lebanon’s disassociation policy toward developments in its neighbor.

Arab Foreign Affairs ministers called on Assad late Sunday to “renounce power” and promised he and his family would be offered a “safe exit.”

The Arab League also called on the Free Syrian Army rebels and the opposition to form a transitional government of national unity along with the "de facto national authority.”





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