Lebanese President chastises Hezbollah for unilateral Syria involvement
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President Michel Suleiman has reportedly admonished Hezbollah for failing to coordinate with any party inside Lebanon before sending its members to Syria to support troops loyal to the Assad regime against the rebels.
“What happened is that the resistance went to Syria without coordinating with anyone,” officials, who have visited Suleiman, quoted him as saying.
The officials told pan-Arab daily al-Hayat in remarks published on Sunday that Suleiman has stressed his support for the resistance against Israel and the army-people-resistance formula.
“This means there should be coordination between the three components of this formula,” he said.
On the latest rocket attacks that landed in the area of Baabda where the presidential palace is located, Suleiman said: “This would not stop me from saying what I believe in.”
The officials told al-Hayat that the president confirmed to them the rockets were aimed at targeting Baabda palace.
“I don't think that Hezbollah launched the rockets on Baabda … It cannot do such a thing,” Suleiman told the officials.
The attacks came hours after the president criticized Hezbollah for sending its fighters to Syria during an Army Day speech. He also said it was time for the Lebanese state and the army to be the sole decision-makers on the use of the nation's capabilities.
On his stance from Premier-designate Tammam Salam's efforts to form a new government, Suleiman told the officials who visited him that he insisted on Hezbollah's participation in the cabinet despite calls by the March 14 alliance to snub the party over its involvement in the war in Syria.
The officials said the president informed them that he backs the formation of a national unity government on condition that it does not end up with infighting.
“Or else let there be a neutral cabinet,” Suleiman said.
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