Salam renews holding onto 1701, calls international community to curb Israel hostility

JANUARY 28, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) Prime Minister, Tammam Salam, on Wednesday condemned that Israeli military escalation in South Lebanon, voicing concerns over the “hostile intentions expressed by the Israeli officials” and the relevant reverberations on the situation in Lebanon and the broader region.

“The Israeli escalation in the border regions after the operation that took place in occupied Shebaa will pave the way for dangerous possibilities that aren’t in favor of peace and stability in the region,” he said in a statement.

“Lebanon renews holding onto UNSC resolution 1701 with all its provisions, and its keenness on the efforts exerted by the UNIFIL which lost today a Spanish peacekeeper,” he went on to say.

“Lebanon puts the international community in front of its responsibilities and calls it to curb any Israeli tendency to gamble on the region’s security and stability,” he maintained, confirming that Lebanon stands “in one rank” behind the legitimate armed forces in their mission to defend its territories and the security of its citizens.

He finally called for solidarity and national unity amid this critical moment.

Separately, Salam made a series of phone calls today to follow up on the situation in the border region.

Within this frame, he contacted House Speaker Nabih Berri, Defense Minister Samir Moqbel, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, and Army Chief General Jean Qahwaji.

He also contacted UNIFIL Commander, General Luciano Portolano, and received phone calls from US Ambassador David Hale, British Ambassador Tom Fletcher, and UN Special Coordinator For Lebanon Sigrid Kaag.

SOURCE: National news agency – Lebanon