Fletcher Praises Lebanese Leaders' Determination to 'Work Together'إقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
British Ambassador to Lebanon Tom Fletcher stressed on Friday that the resumption of national dialogue proves that the Lebanese leaders are determined to work together to maintain stability.
“This sends an important signal of determination and resilience,” Fletcher said after meeting with President Michel Suleiman at the Baabda Palace.
He congratulated Suleiman on his efforts to bring together a “wide range of Lebanon’s leaders back to the dialogue table.”
“This is a challenging period in a challenging region, but we must hold fast to what unites rather than divides the country,” Fletcher noted.
The Lebanese officials are scheduled to attend on Monday the all-party talks that Suleiman has continuously called for.
However, the Lebanese Forces refused to join the national dialogue table.
Suleiman and Fletcher also discussed the recent developments in the neighboring country Syria.
Fletcher welcomed the ongoing efforts to insulate and disassociate Lebanon from the “shocking violence” in Syria, saying: “Lebanon’s sovereignty must be respected.”
Since the revolt in Syria, the Lebanese government adopted a policy that disassociates Lebanon from the turmoil in the neighboring country. However, the northern city of Tripoli has witnessed recently a series of security incidents between gunmen supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad and those against it.
The ambassador also briefed Suleiman on the plans to launch the “British week” in Beirut on June 12.
Following Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee “we want to show a Britain proud of its heritage, but confident in its future,” he said.
Fletcher stressed that Britain wants to show its solidarity with a united Lebanon.
“We also want to show to the many British visitors a Lebanon that is shaking off the dust of a difficult century, and ready to look forward with great talent and hope,” he added.