Harb visits Salam, renews calls for dissociation from regional conflict

JANUARY 19, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) Prime Minister, Tammam Salam, on Monday welcomed at the Grand Serail Minister of Telecommunications, Boutros Harb, who renewed, following the meeting, calls upon the Lebanese to dissociate themselves from the conflict next door.

“I discussed with the Prime Minister the latest developments in Lebanon, especially the military development that took place yesterday as a result of the Israeli airstrike on Qoneitra region, killinh Lebanese citizens who were fighting alonsgide Hezbollah in Syria,” the Minister said on emerging.

“I displayed the relevant concerns. This affair concerns all the Lebanese. Therefore, and according to the reactions, Lebanon could be exposed to counter effects on its people,” he indicated.

“The Lebanese government must be ready to face all possibilities and to seek to avoid the repercussions of this matter on the Lebanese people and sovereignty. It is in nobody’s interest to open a front,” he added.

“Besides this affair, I hope that we would dissociate ourselves from the ongoing conflict in the region, that Lebanon would not be part of this conflict, and that Hezbollah would not be present in battles outside the Lebanese terroritories,” he said.

“I also discussed with the Prime Minister the physical attack by a group of Syrian lawyers on their Lebanese colleagues, who were taking part in the conference of the Arab Laywers Union in Cairo over divergent opinions.

“This attack is an attack on Lebanon,” Harb considered, calling for suspending Syria’s membership in the Union.

Separately, Salam met with Minister for the Displaced, Alice Shabtini.

He also received Head of the Lebanese Olympic Committee, Jean Hammam, before respectively meeting with Head of the Lebanese Democratic Movement Jack Tamer, and Head of the Council for Development and Reconstruction, Nabil Jisr.