Mansour Denies Dispute with Suleiman, Describes Relations 'Excellent'

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Caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour said that the ties with President Michel Suleiman are “excellent,” denying that there is a sharp dispute with the president despite the difference in points of view over certain issues.

“Coordination is ongoing with the President despite all the attempts to create a rift between us,” Mansour said in comment published in al-Joumhouria newspaper on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Suleiman handed U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly a memo on the Syrian violations of Lebanese sovereignty.

Suleiman's move came amid a spat with Mansour who was procrastinating in referring the memo to the U.N. and filing a complaint with the Arab League.

However, Mansour denied to al-Joumhouria reports saying that he “rebelled” on Suleiman.

“He is the president of the country and I am aware of the norms that govern our relations and I don't surpass them... Although we have different opinions over some matters,” Mansour said.

An Nahar newspaper reported on Wednesday that Mansour “pretended to be studying the nature of the complaint,” stalling the President's decision.

Sources close to the President that Suleiman's move was to “preserve Lebanon's right.”

Mansour, who is close to the Hizbullah-led March 8 alliance, has been criticized by the March 14 coalition on several occasions for ignoring similar requests from Suleiman.

Syrian regime troops have also carried out attacks on border areas, mainly air raids on the northeastern town of Arsal, which has become an escape route for rebels and people running away from the fighting in Syria.

Comments 6
Thumb justice 19 June 2013, 09:16

Yeah, the ties are excellent as we all can see which prompted the President to handle the matter of Syrian violations himself following your refusal.

Thumb dasphinx 19 June 2013, 09:44

This man has no shame.

Thumb benzona 19 June 2013, 10:30

Is there room in Samaha's cell for another traitor?

Missing --karim_m1 19 June 2013, 10:47

Mansour is a thorn in the eye of the February 14 Saudi-Wahabi Al Qaeda sympathizers.

Thumb dasphinx 19 June 2013, 11:53

He is instead a disgrace for his country when he abides by the orders of a foreign entity (Syria or Hezbollah) and not by those of the legitimate government of Lebanon. How could we ever have a country with people who think like you? Where is your brain? Don't you have children to wish that they grow in a peaceful and prosperous country?

Missing samiam 19 June 2013, 14:18

no--he is an insubordinate sob who if he had any honor, would have resigned long ago. he only represents his religion and not his country