Suleiman wants "urgent
solution" for Tripoli

BEIRUT - President Michel Suleiman lamented the situation in the strife-stricken city of Tripoli following the murder of an army soldier, and called for an immediate solution to end the security chaos.


"The situation [in Tripoli] is unacceptable and it requires an urgent solution," Suleiman said on Thursday during a cabinet session.


Earlier in the day, Two masked gunmen opened fire at army Warrant Officer Fadi Gebeily, who died immediately, the National News Agency reported.


The assailants were driving a motorcycle and attacked Gebeily at around 6:30 a.m. on Thursday as he was headed to his workplace.


The head of state also commented on the results of the Arab summit in which he participated on Tuesday and Thursday in Kuwait’s capital.


"The Arab summit was Lebanon’s summit par excellence. [We saw] solidarity with Lebanon in a number of issues including the Syrian and Palestinian refugee [crises], supporting the army and the International Support Group for Lebanon, adopting the Baabda Declaration and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and resisting Israeli occupation."


Suleiman asked Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil to "present the prime minister with a mechanism [proposing] a way to follow up on the Arab summit’s and the International Support Group for Lebanon’s decisions."

The situation in Tripoli is unacceptable and it requires an urgent solution.