Lebanon News

March 14 erred in not dissolving Syrian-Lebanese supreme council: Mahfouz

BEIRUT: Elie Mahfouz, a member of the March 14 alliance and head of the Change Movement, said Thursday that the alliance had made a mistake in failing to shut down the Syrian-Lebanese Supreme Council, state media reported.

The Syrian-Lebanese Supreme Council is a joint organization tasked with setting public policy for coordination and collaboration between Lebanon and Syria based on a bilateral agreement signed in 1991.

In a statement quoted by the state-run National News Agency, Mahfouz said: “When challenged by a government minister and the general atmosphere, it means that this government is beset by contradictions and no longer stands before the president – but a bold decision [to dissolve the body] is the final medicine.”

Mahfouz’s comments came after two ministers, Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan and Agriculture Minister Ghazi Zeaiter, headed to Damascus Wednesday to take part in the Damascus International Fair.

The visit is the first made by Lebanese ministers since the Syrian conflict began in 2011.

Prime Minister Saad Hariri Wednesday said that the ministers – from Hezbollah and Amal respectively – who were planning to visit Syria would do so without the official backing of the government.

 

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