PM says Lebanon needs no ”open war” on Israel worldwide
Lebanon's Prime Minister Fouad Saniora said his country has no interest in an "open war" on Israel worldwide, saying this would harm Hizbullah as well as Islamic and Arab causes. "I don't believe we have an interest to wage an open war worldwide because this would be harmful to Hizbullah as well as to the Islamic and Arab causes," Saniora said in a late Friday interview with Fututre News TV.
"We have had an earlier experience. We must not repeat this experience," Saniora said in reference to the 2006 summer war between Israel and Hizbullah.
On Thursday, Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah declared "open war" on Israel worldwide after accusing Tel Aviv of killing his top commander Imad Mughniyeh outside the "normal" battleground. "I believe that Nasrallah's so called "open war" declaration was misinterpreted," Saniora conveyed.
On the political crisis in Lebanon, the Lebanese PM said that the government will stay as long as it has the majority's confidence. Saniora urged Nasrallah as well as FPM leader Gen. Michel Aoun and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri to "do what is best for an independent, Arab, free, diverse Lebanon."
He called for electing a president followed by resumption of roundtable talks. "Lebanon can't be built except through constructive and continuous dialogue between its factions."