Suleiman: Lebanon needs the International Community more than ever


Lebanese President Michel Suleiman said on Sunday that Lebanon cannot survive without the International Community.

“We need the International Community more than ever to make our voice heard,” Suleiman told New TV from New York.

“We cannot isolate Lebanon from the International Community and this is why we asked to be part of the Security Council,” he stressed

Suleiman said Lebanese and Iranian views are “identical on the need to safeguard national unity in Lebanon and avoid Lebanon being used as an arena for Arab conflicts.”

Commenting on the so-called “invasion” of Beirut airport by Hezbollah supporters, Suleiman said: “It gave a bad impression for citizens and made them lose confidence in state institutions.

“It is important to return to the laws,” Suleiman stressed, adding that there is no justification for the resignation of the government.

“The balance of powers did not change,” he insisted

His comment comes after armed Hezbollah bodyguards received on September 18 former General Security chief Jamil as-Sayyed who is wanted by the Lebanese judiciary at the VIP launch of Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport without the needed permission from the ministry of Foreign affairs .

Sayyed, who returned from France, was summoned by Attorney General Judge Said Mirza on September 15 for questioning following the former’s September 12 statement, in which he attacked PM Saad Hariri. Hezbollah called for the judiciary to revoke the summons.