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Hariri: Mansour acting on behalf of Syria’s Assad

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri speaks on his mobile ahead of an interview in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. (The Daily Star/Danielle Obeid, HO)

BEIRUT: Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri launched Wednesday a scathing attack on Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour, accusing him of acting on Syria’s behalf at the Arab League, and reiterated his claims that the Lebanese government served the interests of Damascus and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah.

“The Syrian regime has found someone to speak on its behalf at the Arab League and Lebanon's foreign minister has executed this dark mandate which is incompatible with the fundamental basis of Arab solidarity and erases all claims related to the policy of disassociation,” Hariri said in a statement.

During a meeting in Cairo, Mansour called on the Arab League to reinstate Syria as a member of the organization in order to help find a political solution to the bloody conflict in Lebanon’s neighbor. Damascus' Arab League membership was suspended in November 2011.

Hariri also reiterated his accusation that the Lebanese government served Hezbollah and Syrian President Bashar Assad.

“The Lebanese are asking this government to unmask its true face and say to the Arabs and the world that it is the government of Bashar Assad and Hezbollah ... in Lebanon,” the opposition leader said.

He also accused Mansour of carrying out orders for a political side in control of the government which he said forced Lebanon to take stances that jeopardizes its ties with other countries and its interests.

The Lebanese government has a self-avowed policy of dissociating itself from developments in the region, particularly neighboring Syria.

Voicing doubt over the Cabinet’s policy of dissociation, Hariri said Mansour’s request at the Arab League “summarizes very well the ugly role played by the Lebanese government in its approach to the bloody events in Syria.”

The head of the Future Movement urged the government to clarify its position in light of the foreign minister’s remarks.

“We not only voice our opposition to this stance and place it in the framework of obeying foreign orders, but we call on political parties entrusted with Lebanon’s safety and its Arab ties to publicly and fully reject the government’s arbitrary policy,” he said in the statement.

 

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