Report: 'Pivotal' Regional Changes Place Lebanon in ‘The Eye of The Storm’

Lebanon must form a new government in order to “safeguard its internal arena” from the regional developments mainly “the latest US escalation in Syria,” al-Joumhouria daily reported on Tuesday.

A senior political source expressed concern to the daily about the recent U.S. escalation in the neighboring country, “because Lebanon, as historically known, is directly impacted by the happenings around it.”

“Evidently, the Americans will not allow the situation to turn against their interests in Syria, and the Russians are pushing for their own benefit too. Both sides are mobilized, and the situation is extremely dangerous. It is open to various possibilities,” said the source.

“This serious situation in the region, which I do not think Lebanon will remain immune to if things get worse, requires the highest limit of internal immunization. The first step is to form a government, which, unfortunately, does not seem imminent,” he added.

Last week, US President Donald Trump's national security adviser warned that the United States would respond "very strongly" if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad uses chemical weapons in an offensive to retake Idlib province.

Source: Naharnet

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