Miqati Meets Saudi FM, Hopes that Lebanon 'Will Be Spared Future Instability'

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Prime Minister Najib Miqati held talks on Monday with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, while stressing on Sunday the importance of maintaining Lebanon's stability amid the unrest in Syria.

He emphasized the need to “spare Lebanon future instability.”

The premier made his remarks from the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh where he is attending the third Arab Economic and Social Development Summit.

Miqati highlighted the initiatives launched by Saudi King Abdullah towards helping Lebanon end various political crises, noting his support for Lebanon during the July 2006 war.

He also called on the Lebanese residents of Saudi Arabia “to help contribute to Lebanon's rise,” while noting the unrest in Syria.

“We hope that stability and security will be reached in Syria and it is important for us that Lebanon's stability be preserved,” he added.

He then reiterated the Lebanese government's policy of disassociation from regional developments in a bid to maintain its stability.

“It's true that some security incidents take place in Lebanon, but we tackle them wisely and in a manner that would help avert the country future instability,” explained Miqati.

Moreover, he voiced his “understanding” of some Gulf states' issuing of travel warnings against Lebanon last year, saying that it is a “phase that will end soon.”

“Gulf residents will travel to Lebanon because nothing can affect our relationship with them,” he remarked.

The prime minister had held separate talks on Monday with Jordanian King Abdullah II and Saudi Foreign Minister al-Faisal.

On Sunday, Miqati met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi.

Comments 7
Thumb jabalamel 21 January 2013, 17:39

no need to hope mr. miati.

we have our army and glorious resistance to crush all filthy islamic scum that tried/tries/will try to destablize lebanon

Missing ArabDemocrat.com 21 January 2013, 19:34

Before you talk about the glorious resistance and Islamic scum, please note that the resistance refers to itself as the Islamic Resistance In Lebanon (المقاومة الإسلامية في لبنان). I know, I am filthy, Zionist scum.

Thumb jabalamel 21 January 2013, 20:05

i know the nature of resistance in lebanon and i know that big part of it is islamic resistance.
however not everyone is in hezb'allah.
and i don't have problems with islamic resistance that doesn't push for islamic state.

i have problems with fanatic

Missing ArabDemocrat.com 21 January 2013, 20:10

Then Jabalamel, state your opinions in a coherent fashion rather than "islamic filthy scum." There are Sunni Islamists that believe in Lebanon as a pluralistic democratic state. There is a minority that does not. When the Hizb started, it believed in Islamic state in Lebanon, some still do. The Hizb moved on from these roots to accept Lebanon as a democratic state. However, the Hizb still maintain totalitarian ideals. They will overthrow the state if it threaten their weapons.

Thumb geha 21 January 2013, 18:15

it is not important what mikati said, rather what the Saudi fm replied.

Missing ArabDemocrat.com 21 January 2013, 19:44

The reply was "hit the road Jack." The sad reality is that we are beggers. We destroyed our country. We keep holding on to an untenable system. We are tribes/sects pretending to be a nation. We are a bankrupt country whose parts sold their decision making to others and are simply tools. We do not know how to get out of this. If Lebanon followed the growth trajectory that was achieved till the early 1950s, we should be now a first class country. But no: Maronites are entitled, the Sunni's loyalty is to Nasser and Palestine, the Shia to Komeini and the holy weapons (be it hizb or iran nukes), .... One Kuwaiti friend of mine told me long ago at University: Lebanon is wasted on Lebanese. He may well be right.

Missing ArabDemocrat.com 22 January 2013, 03:45

Karim - your comments do nit make sense. Al Qaeda and Al Nusra front have very little footprint in Lebanon. Most Wahabi or Salafi are peaceful. I doubt that you met many of them to hold such strong opinions.