Lebanon FM visited Iran without cabinet approval


Al-Liwaa newspaper reported Monday that Lebanese Foreign Minister Ali Shami made a brief trip to Tehran without Cabinet’s approval.

Al-Liwaa cited ministerial sources as saying that Shami left on a 2-day trip to Tehran upon receiving an invitation from his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki “without informing the Cabinet.”

Shami reportedly informed Prime Minister Saad Hariri of his Tehran visit by telephone.

Local media said Shami discussed the abolition of visas between the Lebanon and Iran, a suggestion approved by Tehran.

Shami said his Tehran visit was in the framework of thanking Iran for its “continuous support” for Lebanon.

Shami met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili in addition to Mottaki.

This is not the first time that Shami acts on his own and without the cabinet approval. Back in December 2009 he sent an unauthorized message to the ambassadors of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council calling for the cancellation of UNSCR 1559. The resolution is extremely sensitive issue for the Lebanese because it calls for disarming all the militias including Hezbollah .

Commenting on Shami’s disrespect for the cabinet : One analyst told Ya Libnan: “Regardless of his religion and political affiliation, Shami’s loyalty should be first and foremost to Lebanon. In a truly democratic country Shami should have been fired , but unfortunately you cannot do this in Lebanon…. Remember what Hezbollah did in 2008 when the cabinet decided to relocate ( not fire) airport officer Brig. Gen. Wafiq Shoucair ” he said.

Shoucair was accused of being behind the intelligence that led to the assassination of several Lebanese anti-Syrian leaders including former MP Gebran Tueni and Minister Pierre Gemayel.



17 responses to “Lebanon FM visited Iran without cabinet approval”

  1. Lebster Avatar

    Why would he need the cabinet approval???? When the boss says come, you answer, “How fast do you want me there sir?”

    1. George Haddad N.J Avatar
      George Haddad N.J

      Not just that Its how high do you want me to jump lol.

  2. George Haddad N.J Avatar
    George Haddad N.J

    Well Mr. Shami is in control of the gov’t so he doesn’t need to get approval or report to anyone. Hezbollah according to Article posted on Nahranet brought over Iranian intelligence officers to tour the South and made themselves visible to the Israelis and they in return trying to study the positions on the ground. Did any of this approved by the lebanese gov’t? i did not hear otherwise? i read also that Jalili came directly from Iran and met with Nassrallah then went to Damascus to complain about their lack of support to hezbollah. Yes hezbollah is ready to submerge lebanon into the unknown, into chaos and into hell. We need to rally around the army and around the gov’t and support it. But also we need to stop hezbollah to stop the provocations and total lack of respect not just to the gov’t and army but also to the lebanese people. I know they’re strong and many are afraid. But if we overseas also let them take control and as i can see it. We’re heading toward a war that Lebanon will not ever recover that easily from as it did from 2006. Please those who love lebanon stop them from taking us into war. We don’t want no israelis enjoying while they’re bombing the hell out of our cities. Those who provoke them is no different then them. Therefore it makes them the enemy of lebanon.

  3. aww how cute all the zionists unite and give thumbs up to each other! lol

    “Shoucair was accused of being behind the intelligence that led to the assassination of several Lebanese anti-Syrian leaders including former MP Gebran Tueni and Minister Pierre Gemayel”

    oh right, that was proven right? where is the so-called evidence that had him “accused” of these crimes? lol

    B.S. they have been wanting to remove this guy way before the assassinations because he was connected to HA.

    1. Hurrreeeeeeeeah Cathy is back. I missed you girl friend..

    2. Tony Smith Avatar
      Tony Smith


      What color shedar are you wearing ??

    3. Trashy, i mean cathy, is a persian spy

    4. Chuck Lanka Avatar
      Chuck Lanka

      Cathy, Tony the Palestinian is crying out for hour support. He got washed and kicked by all of us. Waif a second, are you the one who was nominated by George Haddad as Btch. Yeh right now I remember you. Another stupid

  4. i have written in many of my posts that i totally disagree with MPs acting on their own without president approval.

    here is a prime example. how do we know what he’s going is in lebanon’s interest? i dont care that he went to iran, icare that he went without approval just like gaegae went to egypt, jumblatt went to syria and woun to syria and on and on.

    we need to refurbish our system in a way that will put more restraints on MP movements so that they are all in alignment with lebanon’s interests.

  5. Neither Geagea or Jumblatt nor Aoun are part of the cabinet, but a member of cabinet has to get government approaval on such a trip whether East or West, so that tells you how much they respect the State of Lebanon and you expect other governments to respect us, by undermining yours others will undermine the government even more.

    1. rafik habeebi my whole point is that cabinet or no cabinet, all MPs and all dignitaries need to have regulated movement via a central office maybe the presidential office that appoints and allocates certain duties that will serve lebanon’s interest only.

      i never agreed with the free movement of gaegae,jumblatt, aoun cos you dont know what they’re forging with their visits?

      everyone of these elected officials need to have monitored movements cos they all have the country’s interest and security at stake with any of their independent actions.

  6. Tony Smith Avatar
    Tony Smith

    It is so sad that the Lebanese people sit and watch Iran taking over their country and they pretend they don’t see it..A shiite MP or an Iranian agent makes his own plans and goes back and forth to a troubling country.Iran already rules Lebanon under HA by pouring millions of dollars to bribe the leaders and pay for its own militia.

    It should be legal for the true lebanese to form their own militia before it is too late.

  7. Just shows you what a dysfunctional Lebanese government we have on hand!

  8. Why don’t we just change Lebanon’s name to the United Regimes of Iran (might as well throw Syria into this cult).

  9. Anti Syrian Iranian Avatar
    Anti Syrian Iranian

    Wow Tony from Canada? Which part? Quebec? Saint Laurent, LAVAL, am sure you shop at Adonis and you visit Antabli Too at night time etc.

    If you are a real man, you can ask for me the co-owner of Adonis if you know him jamil sheaib so ask for Jean Abou Malhab ex “wahadet al sadim” Lebanese Forces. This is who I am. Come on and show me how man you are.

  10. welcome to lebanon as bashir youse to say we want to stop having a farm and we want to build a country thats why they kill him to keep the farm

    as for you cathy thats guy was supporting HA and he was in the security of the airport well he swor to only support lebanon and no one else so he should be shut never mind anything else

  11. ya anti syrian iranian what you doing over there man we need you here in lebanon and not in canada

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