Syria backs 'Lebanon unity govt'

Mikati, a billionaire who made his fortune in telecoms, was nominated with the support of Hezbollah.

Syria backs 'Lebanon unity govt'


The Syrian government called on Lebanon's divided political leaders on Thursday to join what it described as a unity government led by Prime Minister designate Najib Mikati.

"We hope a national unity government will be formed and all Lebanese parties join," Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem told reporters, in the first official reaction from Damascus to Mikati's appointment.

Moualem said after meeting British Foreign Secretary William Hague in the Syrian capital that Syria was ready to cooperate with the Mikati government and that other countries should not prejudge the cabinet under formation.

Mikati, a friend of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, said he will seek to form a cabinet of what he called technocrats if defeated rival Saad al-Hariri's supporters reject his call for them to join his government.

Mikati, a billionaire who made his fortune in telecoms, was nominated with the support of Hezbollah.

He started talks on Thursday to form a government to succeed Hariri who was brought down by Hezbollah and its allies two weeks ago.


Reuters

Last Mod: 27 Ocak 2011, 14:54
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