Miqati to Diplomats: Commitment to STL Should be Coupled with Preservation of Civil Peace
Prime Minister Najib Miqati has stressed to foreign diplomats that Lebanon would remain committed to international resolutions including the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
During separate meetings he held with Arab and Asian ambassadors, and U.S. Ambassador Maura Connelly on Monday, Miqati said that Lebanon is committed to the tribunal that will try ex-Premier Rafik Hariri’s suspected assassins.
An Nahar daily quoted diplomatic sources as saying on Tuesday that Miqati told the diplomats that the “commitment to the STL is coupled with preservation of Lebanon’s security privacy and civil peace.”
The government’s policy statement would be based on these principles, the premier said.
An Nahar quoted sources as saying that Miqati also stressed to the ambassadors that his government would not challenge anyone in Lebanon or abroad.
While addressing the Arab ambassadors, Miqati said that Lebanon should maintain the best relations with all friendly states.
Referring to the STL and Security Council resolutions, he said: “I have repeatedly said that Lebanon is one of the founders of the U.N. and it respects its resolutions, particularly resolution 1701.”
Furthermore, he urged the diplomats to encourage their citizens to visit Lebanon during the summer season. “Don’t worry about the political bickering. It has become part of our political culture.”