Lebanon FM refuses to summon Syrian envoy

Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour said in remarks published on Wednesday that he refuses to summon Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdel Karim Ali because “brothers” do not summon each other.

“There is no need to summon Ali because there is no dangerous situation or emergency that calls for that and because brothers do not summon each other,” Mansour told An-Nahar newspaper.

He also said that he was “delaying” the handing over to Ali of a letter of complaint requested by President Michel Suleiman in order to “verify security facts.” Mansour added that there was “no specific date to hand over the letter but it will not take much longer .”

“It is not necessary to hand over a letter of complaint, but a letter of some kind can be handed over in a diplomatic way because violations are not one-sided,” Mansour added.

Al-Manar television reported on Monday that Mansour will not send the letter of complaint to Syrian authorities that President Michel Suleiman had requested over the border violations( by Syria).

Suleiman on Monday accused Syria of violating the Lebanese territories and requested Mansour to send the letter of complaint to Syrian authorities. Suleiman’s protest came after a house in the east of the country was hit by a blast and shells fell on the northern border.

The report by Hezbollah’s Al Manar’s came after Mansour met with the Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon who told As-Safir newspaper in remarks published on Tuesday that he was “surprised” by President Suleiman’s protest against recurrent Syrian border violations.

“Syria is the one supposed to complain, as it is the one that is on the receiving end of gunfire and rockets fired from the Lebanese side… The violations emerging from the Lebanese side harm the brotherly Lebanese-Syrian relations,” Ali added.

Mansour is a member of the Amal movement which is allied with the Iranian an Syrian backed- Hezbollah militant group. Hezbollah has been openly supporting the Syrian regime in its crackdown against the pro democracy protesters . Over 19000 have been killed since the uprising began in March 2011.

The current government is dominated by Hezbollah.

Mansour has been accused on several occasions of acting on orders from Syria , but since Hezbollah dominates the cabinet prime minister Najib Mikati cannot fire him.

  • Amine123

    If your President want you to do this, who are you to refuse or perhaps you represents the killer regime thru your HA allegiance, This government doesnot represent Lebanon and ought to resign and leave to Iran where they belong

  • Amine123

    If your President want you to do this, who are you to refuse or perhaps you represents the killer regime thru your HA allegiance, This government doesnot represent Lebanon and ought to resign and leave to Iran where they belong

  • 5thDrawer

    ” …..and because brothers do not summon each other,” 
    No, they make a phone call or get together over lunch and try to figure out how to stop the idiots they can control. Unless, of course, they were also raised as idiots too.
    But handing over a letter is such an arduous task, no? The letter doesn’t come from the foreign minister, it comes from his government – the government of the country he is supposed to represent. Foreign Ministers don’t have to be happy with their jobs, they only need to do them. Or quit.
    Do your job, Mansour; and if Ali hands you one back then take it to the government you are supposed to represent. There’s nothing ‘personal’ about the job … it’s a crappy job sometimes, but somebody has to do it.

  • 5thDrawer

    ” …..and because brothers do not summon each other,” 
    No, they make a phone call or get together over lunch and try to figure out how to stop the idiots they can control. Unless, of course, they were also raised as idiots too.
    But handing over a letter is such an arduous task, no? The letter doesn’t come from the foreign minister, it comes from his government – the government of the country he is supposed to represent. Foreign Ministers don’t have to be happy with their jobs, they only need to do them. Or quit.
    Do your job, Mansour; and if Ali hands you one back then take it to the government you are supposed to represent. There’s nothing ‘personal’ about the job … it’s a crappy job sometimes, but somebody has to do it.

  • 5thDrawer

    ” …..and because brothers do not summon each other,” 
    No, they make a phone call or get together over lunch and try to figure out how to stop the idiots they can control. Unless, of course, they were also raised as idiots too.

  • Constantin7

    How dare you refuse to summon the Syrian ambassador ? You prefer to ruin your relationship with YOUR President than summon the Syrian Amdassador and upset Syria ? This is exactly what Hizbullah’s influence is doing to Lebanon and its interests. Our interest become secondary to our sister’s interests. No Mr. Minister LEBANON IS AND SHOULD ALWAYS BE FIRST in your list of interests, whether it be at the expense of Syria, Palestine or whatever Arab or non-Arab country.

    This minister should be fired and replaced immediately, otherwise it is the dignity of the country and the President is at stake.  

    • 5thDrawer

      They don’t even know HOW to be a government. :-(

  • Constantin7

    How dare you refuse to summon the Syrian ambassador ? You prefer to ruin your relationship with YOUR President than summon the Syrian Amdassador and upset Syria ? This is exactly what Hizbullah’s influence is doing to Lebanon and its interests. Our interest become secondary to our sister’s interests. No Mr. Minister LEBANON IS AND SHOULD ALWAYS BE FIRST in your list of interests, whether it be at the expense of Syria, Palestine or whatever Arab or non-Arab country.

    This minister should be fired and replaced immediately, otherwise it is the dignity of the country and the President is at stake.  

  • Constantin7

    How dare you refuse to summon the Syrian ambassador ? You prefer to ruin your relationship with YOUR President than summon the Syrian Amdassador and upset Syria ? This is exactly what Hizbullah’s influence is doing to Lebanon and its interests. Our interest become secondary to our sister’s interests. No Mr. Minister LEBANON IS AND SHOULD ALWAYS BE FIRST in your list of interests, whether it be at the expense of Syria, Palestine or whatever Arab or non-Arab country.

    This minister should be fired and replaced immediately, otherwise it is the dignity of the country and the President is at stake.  

    • 5thDrawer

      They don’t even know HOW to be a government. :-(

    • 5thDrawer

      They don’t even know HOW to be a government. :-(

  • Constantin7

    If you have your brother in your house destroying furniture and property, would you not summon him and give him a warning to stop, and if he does not would you not fire him from your house ? This is exactly the same situation between Syria (the aggressor) and Lebanon the innocent, like Fayrouz says: Ya kbir bil el-Hak wou Zghir ma byeetidi, ya baladi. The President should summon now the Syrian ambassador and let a secretary in the presidential palace meet him and give him the written objection on the continuous Syrian aggression.

  • Constantin7

    If you have your brother in your house destroying furniture and property, would you not summon him and give him a warning to stop, and if he does not would you not fire him from your house ? This is exactly the same situation between Syria (the aggressor) and Lebanon the innocent, like Fayrouz says: Ya kbir bil el-Hak wou Zghir ma byeetidi, ya baladi. The President should summon now the Syrian ambassador and let a secretary in the presidential palace meet him and give him the written objection on the continuous Syrian aggression.

  • rossoferrari

    TRAITOR. I think he is a syrian born individual, may be his father was ass assad the elder!!!!!

  • rossoferrari

    TRAITOR. I think he is a syrian born individual, may be his father was ass assad the elder!!!!!

    • Amine123

      I think Assad may be is his father, that is why he sold his country

  • Mazen_M

    Every Lebanese should be ashamed that this guy is our Foreign Minister.

  • Mazen_M

    Every Lebanese should be ashamed that this guy is our Foreign Minister.

  • Patience2

    So Mansour himself IS a ‘street-turd’ !!

    • Leborigine

      Hahaha, go to the home page of Ya Libnan and look at all the Arab and Lebanese leaders on the headlines and honestly tell me which one leader that does not look like a street turd. From assad to mansour and their slutty wives!!

    • Leborigine

      Hahaha, go to the home page of Ya Libnan and look at all the Arab and Lebanese leaders on the headlines and honestly tell me which one leader that does not look like a street turd. From assad to mansour and their slutty wives!!

  • Patience2

    So Mansour himself IS a ‘street-turd’ !!

    • Leborigine

      Hahaha, go to the home page of Ya Libnan and look at all the Arab and Lebanese leaders on the headlines and honestly tell me which one leader that does not look like a street turd. From assad to mansour and their slutty wives!!

  • rossoferrari

    TRAITOR. I think he is a syrian born individual, may be his father was ass assad the elder!!!!!

  • Amine123

    I think Assad may be is his father, that is why he sold his country