NNA – The Lebanese presidential crisis seems without an imminent exit, Prime Minister Tammam Salam told tomorrow’s edition of ash-Sharq daily newspaper. Political forces concerned are largely responsible for the actual presidential snag and not the constitution, he added.
Regrettably, things seem headed towards further blockages rather than working to resolve the crisis, Salam said. He rejected conjectures that Taef accords were responsible for the vacancy in the first presidency saying this is tantamount to tentative escape from responsibility. While priority for resolving the crisis rests with the Lebanese themselves, Salam said he’s willing to consent to any regional initiative saying ongoing dialogue between respective protagonists cooled down the situation and brought about an atmosphere of relative stability.
Salam also objected to letting the extension of the mandate of key security top-brass, being dictated by political polarizations; arguing to the effect that state organs must be allowed to continue to function, Salam spoke about need for segmenting bilateral relations with the GCC and Saudi Arabia; he added that he won’t forget their support at the worst of times. The prime minister also underscored Qatar’s role in rebuilding South Lebanon in the wake of the 2006 Israeli aggression and noted prince Tamim’s efforts to free soldiers still in terrorist captivity.