Report: LF Says Any Syrian Envoy Visit to Lebanon 'Provocative'إقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
The Lebanese Forces party described any future visit by a Syrian minister to Lebanon as “provocative” and “overriding” Lebanon's judicial ruling against the Syrian regime over its involvement in the deadly 2013 bomb blasts in the northern city of Tripoli, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Friday.
“The visit of any Syrian minister to Lebanon will be just a tourist visit and a provocative one to a large segment of the Lebanese who stand surprised by the continued disregard of the judicial rulings against the Syrian regime which has been accused in the bombing of the two mosques and Michel Samaha's explosives,” LF sources told the daily.
The sources added that the Syrian regime has only one aim shall it make such a visit and that is “to blow up Lebanon in a desperate motion to return to it,” they added on condition of anonymity.
“The visit will not have any legal effects and the government will not agree to any agreement signed. The government considers the visit a serious breach of the political settlement and an insistence on raising controversial files,” they added.
"The aim of the visit is to normalize relations with the Syrian regime, contrary to Lebanon's official and popular will, and contrary to the will of the Arab League in an attempt to strip Lebanon of its depth,” they emphasized.
"Normalization will not pass," they concluded.
On Thursday, al-Joumhouria reported that Syrian Internal Trade and Consumer Protection Minister Abdullah al-Gharbi is expected in Beirut at the invitation of Lebanese Agriculture Minister Ghazi Zoaiter.
The 2005 assassination of former premier Rafik Hariri, widely blamed on the Syrian regime, plunged Lebanon into turmoil, dividing the country between supporters and enemies of Damascus.
In 2016, Lebanon indicted two Syrian intelligence officers of involvement in a deadly 2013 double bomb blast of al-Salam and al-Taqwa mosques in the northern city of Tripoli
The indictment named Captain Mohamed Ali Ali, an official in the Palestine branch of Syria's intelligence services, and Nasser Jouban, an official in Syria's political security branch.
The indictment issued arrest warrants against the suspects and a permanent investigation to uncover the identities of involved high-ranking Syrian officials who gave orders and directed Ali and Jouban to organize them.
The double bombing killed 45 people, and a series of indictments have already been handed down against Lebanese and Syrians accused of involvement.