Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri ended his visit to Kuwait on Sunday and headed to London where he will be joined by a Lebanese delegation which includes Minister of Defense Elias el Murr for talks with UK officials.
During his visit to Kuwait he attended the Second Kuwait Financial Forum Kuwait , met Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah and other key Kuwaiti officials.
At the Forum, Hariri said:
Lebanon “aims to approach its political crises with awareness and responsibility”. He added : Experience has taught the Lebanese that there is no alternative to national unity”
Hariri stressed that the government “is prioritizing infrastructural development and seeks to maintain and encourage Lebanon’s strong economic growth”
He added :”We should give the national unity government a chance to invest in stability.”
In addition to the Kuwaiti Emir , Hariri also met his Kuwaiti counterpart and Speaker Jassem al-Kharafi. According to local reports they discussed bilateral relations, regional developments and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
Commenting on the situation in Lebanon Hariri said : “I am completely certain that the clock not be turned back.”
Tension escalated in Lebanon following reports that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon will soon issue its indictment into the 2005 assassination of Lebanon’s former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Last July, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said that the tribunal is “an Israeli project” that will indict Hezbollah members. Nasrallah accused Israel of being behind Hariri’s assassination but refused to provide the evidence to STL to support his claim. Hezbollah and its March 8 allies have been calling for the abolition of STL.
Some leaders are concerned that should the court indict Hezbollah members, it could lead to a Shiite-Sunni strife.
Photo: Kuwait’s Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammed al-Sabah (R) stands with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri (2nd R), Governor of Kuwait’s Central Bank Sheikh Salem Abdulaziz al-Sabah (3rd R), Governor Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency Dr. Mohammed Al Jasser (L), Chairman Kuwait Banking Association Hamad al Marzouk (2nd L) and Chief Executive of al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Group Raouf Abou Zaki at the start of the second Kuwait Financial Forum in Kuwait City October 31,2010. Reuters