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International Community 'Warns Lebanon'

The international community has called on Lebanon to form a “balanced government,” warning that it will not accept the presence of veto power for Hizbullah in it, media reports said.

“The international messages have intensified over the past week, and they all stress the need for the formation of a balanced government,” al-Joumhouria newspaper reported on Friday.

“There are warnings that any government that does not respect the political balance in Lebanon will not receive the international community's support. Moreover, any Western state will not accept the presence of veto power for Hizbullah and its allies in the government,” the daily added.

In this regard, Swiss President Alain Berset advised Lebanese officials during his visit to Lebanon days ago to endorse “neutrality,” al-Joumhouria said.

“The Lebanese society's composition is similar to the Swiss society and Lebanon's region is similar to Switzerland's neighboring region in the past, and such a situation can be resolved by endorsing neutrality,” the newspaper quoted Berset as saying.

The Swiss president described his remarks as a “brotherly advice,” al-Joumhouria said.


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