BEIRUT: President Michel Sleiman reiterated Saturday the need for upholding the “Baabda Declaration” and preventing arms and fighters being sent to neighboring Syria.
“The Lebanese people should commit to the Baabda Declaration and refrain from sending weapons and militants to Syria in order to maintain civil peace and stability in Lebanon,” said Sleiman in his Easter message, according to a statement from his office.
The “Baabda Declaration,” an agreement between rival March 8 and March 14 leaders in 2012, calls for keeping Lebanon away from regional and international conflicts and sparing it the negative repercussions of regional tensions and crises.
In his message, Sleiman congratulated Orthodox Christians on their Easter and expressed hope for peace in the region which would allow for the return of Syrian refugees in Lebanon back to their country.
He also expressed hope for the return of the Lebanese hostages being held in Syria.
The president also urged “states to respect Lebanon's sovereignty and stability in order to remain a model of co-existence between different religions and civilizations, and an example of the practice of democracy pursued by the Arab peoples.”