Bassil during Arab League meeting: We express solidarity with Saudi Arabia; however, Lebanon does not interfere in any State's internal affairs

Sun 10 Jan 2016 at 20:31 Politics
NNA - Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Minister, Gebran Bassil, declared Sunday that "Lebanon's participation in the Arab Summit is an expression of its solidarity with the Saudi Kingdom, in wake of the attacks waged against its diplomatic and consulate mission in Iran," adding that "Lebanon, at the same time, does not interfere in the internal affairs of any State."

Bassil's words came in his delivered speech representing Lebanon in the Arab League extraordinary session held in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, at the foreign ministers' level.

"Lebanon condemns, and strongly opposes, any assault against any diplomatic or consulate mission, and demands that appropriate measures be taken against the perpetrators," added Bassil.

However, he noted that "Lebanon, on the other hand, considers that in light of such incidents occurring beyond the will of the concerned authorities, which in turn adopt the necessary measures on their part, every state has the right to overpass such actions or not, based on its greater priorities of sovereignty and national interests."

Bassil went on it indicate that "To us, these greater priorities lie most prominently in combating terrorism and exerting all efforts to decrease other tensions in the region, most importantly the Sunni-Shiite tension, and to ensure that peace and tranquility prevails."

"In alignment with its government policy and its natural, principle role, Lebanon is contributing to laying the grounds for dialogue and diplomacy as a replacement for violence and sectarian incitement, in service of its higher national interests of preserving its solidarity, stability and internal unity," added Bassil.

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