Al-Akhbar: Mikati, Salam threatened to resign over UN vote

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Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati and Lebanese Ambassador to the UN Nawwaf Salam “threatened” to resign from their posts over Lebanon’s position at the UN over the resolution condemning the violence , Al-Akhbar newspaper which is closely linked to the Hezbollah led majority reported on Saturday

Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour requested Salam to vote against the UN resolution condemning the Syrian regime’s crackdown on protests, Al-Akhbar said, adding that Salam contacted Mikati afterwards and both agreed to resign if the relevant Lebanese authorities “insist” on voting against the resolution.

According to the daily, Salam and Mikati supported abstaining from the vote.

Cleared with Assad

Al-Akhbar also said that Mikati contacted Syrian President Bashar al-Assad through a mediator and explained to him the “sensitivity” of the Lebanese situation, adding that Mikati was later informed that Assad “understands Mikati and is concerned about the stability of the Lebanese cabinet.”

“Mikati then briefed his partners in the cabinet of the results of the contacts made …and they said they are ready to make concessions to maintain the cabinet’s coherence. Mansour then requested Salam to abstain from voting,” the report added.

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6 responses to “Al-Akhbar: Mikati, Salam threatened to resign over UN vote”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    It’s Not like Hezzys are the majority in the country … and the thing to do was resign if forced to go against what is right.
    How can Mikati and Salaam now be ‘positive’ in their roles, with the bitter taste in mouths forced into silence.

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    Anonymous

    It’s Not like Hezzys are the majority in the country … and the thing to do was resign if forced to go against what is right.
    How can Mikati and Salaam now be ‘positive’ in their roles, with the bitter taste in mouths forced into silence.

  3. Darw101 Avatar

    Everyone knew that Russia and China would pull the plug on this resolution…so opposing it would have had no bearing on things except to place Lebanon in an unenviable position.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      Opposing violence SHOULD NOT bring shame to anyone.

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    Anonymous

    Everyone knew that Russia and China would pull the plug on this resolution…so opposing it would have had no bearing on things except to place Lebanon in an unenviable position.

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      Anonymous

      Opposing violence SHOULD NOT bring shame to anyone.

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