Lebanon PM designate heads to London

Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati traveled to London on Wednesday on board a private jet, the National News Agency reported.

Earlier today Mikati called for strengthening Lebanon and to avoid being dragged into anything that might harm stability, National News Agency reported.

“The problems in Lebanon cannot bear to be increased by reactions to what is going on in some Arab countries – the repercussions of such reactions could be very bad for Lebanon and particularly Lebanese nationals residing in these Arab countries.” In a possible reference to Syria and Bahrain uprisings

Mikati’s press office denied on Wednesday a report published in the An-Nahar newspaper earlier in the day about a visit to Syria .

The statement issued by the office cited An-Nahar’s report that Mikati’s brother, Taha, visited Damascus on Tuesday to prepare for a “solidarity visit” to Damascus by President Michel Suleiman and the PM-designate.

The newspaper’s report “concerning the goal of the visit is completely unrelated to the truth,” Mikati’s office said in the statement.

Mikati was appointed in January as the PM designate with the backing of the Hezbollah March 8 alliance and MPs Walid Jumblatt and Mohammad Safadi . March 14 leaders have repeatedly said that intimidation from Hezbollah’s weapons helped secure the parliamentary majority for Mikati’s nomination.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been facing the biggest challenge to his rule. Popular protests demanding greater freedoms and an end to corruption erupted over a month ago in southern Syria and spread to the capital Damascus and most cities in Syria. Last Friday witnessed the largest ever protest and there are reports pointing to more protests this coming Friday since the Christians were urged to participate on Great Friday.

Just like the Egyptian, Tunisian and Libyan regimes the Syrian regime has been blaming foreigners for the protests. Last week the Syrian regime accused a Lebanese Future movement legislator of funding and arming the opposition to fuel a wave of protests in the country, a charge that was repeatedly denied by the party and MP Jamal al Jarrah.

Mikati called his Bahraini counterpart Prince Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa on Tuesday thanking him for his efforts in halting deportation of Lebanese expatriates residing in the Gulf state and thanked Bahraini King Hamad for his cooperation with Lebanon’s request that its expatriates not be blindly expelled .

Earlier this month, Bahrain deported 16 Lebanese, 14 of them Shia, over “security concerns” amid persistent unrest in the tiny Gulf state.

Bahrain interior minister Sheikh Rashed bin Abdullah al-Khalifa linked Hezbollah to the protests during his address to the parliament on March 29

He accused the predominantly Shiite protesters of being linked to” the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, “as proven by the demonstrators’ methods as well as statements of support from the Lebanese Shiite group and Tehran.”

“All this reveals a link and the training style of Hezbollah,” the interior minister said.

  • Crossed

    “March 14 leaders have repeatedly said that intimidation from Hezbollah’s weapons helped secure the parliamentary majority for Mikati’s nomination.”

    .
    When democracy doesn’t produce the results they want, they have to find something to blame. Other than their own incompetence of course.

    • Fadi81

      Incompetence huh? why was the govt brought down then ya zakeh? how much longer do you think these dogs will continue barking huh? soon nshallah, the terrorist criminals will be jailed and the coward leaders who support and give credibility to these animals will come crawling back on their knees. HA DEMOCRACY=NO Justice for our martyrs, NO investigation to find the killers (because Israel must have done it right?), no turning over illegal arms and disarming remaining terrorist organizations. You can take this democracy and shove it. we dont want it, and we will prevail. God Bless Lebanon and the Protectors of our heritage and Identity.

      • kamille1

        good job fadi..i second your opinion.

      • Fadi81,

        crossed has done nothing but answer you with facts and no insults,
        and look how u answer him with no facts and insutls,just wanted u
        to know that its clear to the forum whose right and whose wrong,whn
        you act like an animal…good day…nice job crossed,i really enjoy
        reading your posts,you really speak facts…u cant argue the truth,
        u can only insult the man that speaks it,hence 95 percent of the posters
        on here….

        • libnan1

          Yeah Michael, that’s all what M14 gang know. Their blood boils when they see how smooth the Auon/HA alliance is going. They just can’t take the heat. I would suggest they get out of the kitchen.

  • Anonymous

    “March 14 leaders have repeatedly said that intimidation from Hezbollah’s weapons helped secure the parliamentary majority for Mikati’s nomination.”

    .
    When democracy doesn’t produce the results they want, they have to find something to blame. Other than their incompetence of course.

    • Anonymous

      Incompetence huh? why was the govt brought down then ya zakeh? how much longer do you think these dogs will continue barking huh? soon nshallah, the terrorist criminals will be jailed and the coward leaders who support and give credibility to these animals will come crawling back on their knees. HA DEMOCRACY=NO Justice for our martyrs, NO investigation to find the killers (because Israel must have done it right?), no turning over illegal arms and disarming remaining terrorist organizations. You can take this democracy and shove it. we dont want it, and we will prevail. God Bless Lebanon and the Protectors of our heritage and Identity.

      • Anonymous

        good job fadi..i second your opinion.

      • Fadi81,

        crossed has done nothing but answer you with facts and no insults,
        and look how u answer him with no facts and insutls,just wanted u
        to know that its clear to the forum whose right and whose wrong,whn
        you act like an animal…good day…nice job crossed,i really enjoy
        reading your posts,you really speak facts…u cant argue the truth,
        u can only insult the man that speaks it,hence 95 percent of the posters
        on here….

        • Anonymous

          well it seems your “facts” are based on lies, and you dont realize it. Its like HA/Aoun and their supporters are in a state of denial, how much longer do you think these shenanigans will go on for? Im not sure why you would question my post when I did state facts, are those not the reasons HA brought down the govt? if so, how is that M14 incompetence? Ah yes! they are incompetent of understanding that HA are nothing but thugs who cant be trusted and will constantly slap you in the face no matter how many cheeks you turn….thats the only area M14 lacked competence unfortunately-

        • Anonymous

          Thank you Michael. Glad to hear that 🙂
          Yeah I usually just ignore such comments. People who care about the situation in Lebanon can always distinguish between the credible comments and those that are nonsense.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah Michael, that’s all what M14 gang know. Their blood boils when they see how smooth the Auon/HA alliance is going. They just can’t take the heat. I would suggest they get out of the kitchen.

  • ohliban75

    CROSSED + MICHAEL do you guys belong to the same club?

  • ohliban75

    CROSSED + MICHAEL do you guys belong to the same club?

  • Anonymous

    CROSSED + MICHAEL do you guys belong to the same club?

  • Leborigine

    Once again the master of puppets in damas is pulling the strings on M8 despite the fact that his own people do not want him. Yet some Lebanese cannot make a decision without this tyrants consultations and claim that they will govern Lebanon better than previously done.
    What a joke, aren’t they ashamed of themselves.

  • Anonymous

    Once again the master of puppets in damas is pulling the strings on M8 despite the fact that his own people do not want him. Yet some Lebanese cannot make a decision without this tyrants consultations and claim that they will govern Lebanon better than previously done.
    What a joke, aren’t they ashamed of themselves.