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Miqati urges dialogue, formation
of inclusive government

Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati said that the solution to Lebanon’s shaken political and security situation begins with forming an all-encompassing cabinet and the renewal of national dialogue.

 

“It is not helpful to exchange blame over the current situation. The solution begins with swiftly forming an all-encompassing government followed by a resumption of national dialogue with no pre-conditions,” Miqati was quoted as saying by the National News Agency on Sunday during a meeting at his residence in the northern city of Tripoli.

 

He also said that Lebanon had “no interest in getting involved in regional struggles or unclear regional changes.”

 

His implicit criticism followed a speech by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah in which he vowed that his party would defeat “takfiri groups” and foil attempts at stirring sectarian conflict, saying that attacks against his party would only embolden its actions in Syria.

 

“If all of Hezbollah, myself included, need to join the battle in Syria, then we will go Syria,” Nasrallah declared.

 

The Hezbollah chief’s speech came a day after a car bomb attack ripped through the Shiite dominated area of Al-Roueiss in Beirut's Dahiyeh killing at least 25 people and injuring more than 300.

Lebanon has no interest in getting involved in regional struggles or unclear regional changes.