Lebanese Officials Snap Back at Muslim Brotherhood, Defend Miqati
Information Minister Walid al-Daouq accused the March 14 forces without naming them of seeking to confront the cabinet by shoving Lebanon into the events of Syria through the statement issued by Syria’s banned Muslim Brotherhood.
The Muslim Brotherhood on Friday lashed out at Prime Minister Najib Miqati, accusing him of “siding with the killers of Syrian children.”
In a statement published by the Italian news agency AKI, the Brotherhood’s official spokesman Zuheir Salem said: “The Syrian people would never compromise, no matter the sacrifices, the blood of our brothers in Lebanon, whether in Tripoli, Beirut, Sidon … or anywhere in Lebanon.”
“It is known who the political party that wrote and distributed this statement is,” Daouq said. “It wants to shove Lebanon into the events in Syria.”
Another Lebanese official source told As Safir newspaper that the statement of the Brotherhood is “a local invention as part of the campaigns on the government and the prime minister.”
“Lebanon took into consideration its local issues, its ties with Syria and the international community” when it dissociated itself from a U.N. Security Council statement condemning the regime’s crackdown on protestors in Syria, the source said.
“Miqati doesn’t need lessons on patriotism from anyone. He always calls for the adoption of dialogue to resolve all differences and stresses that things could not be solved through violence,” the official added.