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Miqati: Cabinet’s resignation
affected disassociation policy

Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati said in remarks published on Wednesday that his cabinet’s resignation affected the policy of disassociation from the Syrian crisis.

“The cabinet was protective of the disassociation policy, and the fall of this policy came as a result of the cabinet’s resignation,” Miqati said in an interview with Al-Hayat newspaper.

Asked about Hezbollah’s participation in the battles in Syria, Miqati said that his cabinet’s resignation revealed the projects and affiliations of all parties.

“When the cabinet was in power, the disassociation policy was successful, but [one of] the results of the cabinet’s resignation is that each party now has new projects and new political affiliations that they express their way.”

“When I was a premier no one dared announce their violation of the disassociation policy as today,” he added.

The Lebanese political scene is split between pro-Syrian regime parties affiliated with the March 8 alliance – spearheaded by Hezbollah – and western-backed forces associated with the March 14 coalition. The Lebanese cabinet has repeatedly underlined its official stance of disassociation from the Syrian crisis.

Hezbollah has been reportedly fighting on the side of the Syrian regime against rebels in the Homs province and outside Damascus, with news outlets in the past weeks reporting that a number of party members had been killed in fighting in Syria.

When I was a premier no one dared announce their violation of the disassociation policy as today.