Lebanon News

Mikati, Salam stress need for disassociation

Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati, left, meets Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam in Beirut on Monday, April 8, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati and Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam stressed over the weekend the need for Lebanon to maintain its self-disassociation policy toward developments in neighboring Syria.

“Both Mikati and Salam stressed the need to uphold the self-disassociation policy toward the internal conflicts Syria is witnessing and not to get involved in [the Syria crisis] in order to maintain the stability, security and safety of Lebanon,” a statement from Mikati’s office said.

Both leaders’ call for distancing Lebanon from the crisis in Syria came as media reports said Israel carried out two aerial strikes over the past couple of days.

The attacks were reportedly launched from Lebanese airspace which Israel jets violate on almost a daily basis.

The reported Israeli attacks against Syria drew wide condemnation over the weekend from several Lebanese officials.

President Michel Sleiman strongly condemned the strike and its use of Lebanon’s airspace to carry out such an “aggression.”

Mikati also denounced the strikes Sunday, saying they “underscored once again Israel’s aggressive intentions.”

Israel’s activities over Lebanon have intensified recently, with 18 warplanes flying over various Lebanese regions from Thursday to Saturday night.

With no official confirmation from Israel on the recent aerial bombardment, it was unclear what the Jewish state had struck.

Caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour, Head of the Lebanese Democratic Party, Talal Arslan and the Amal Movement also condemned the airstrike.

Mikati also contacted Salam Sunday evening for talks on the latest political and security developments as well as the Cabinet formation process.

The caretaker prime minister renewed his call on Lebanese parties “to facilitate Salam’s mission, especially in these crucial circumstances which require the collaboration and solidarity of all groups in the interest of Lebanon and its people.”





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