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Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour stressed that Lebanon distances itself from decisions taken by the Arab league against Syria because they pose a threat to its stability and security. He said “the relationship between Lebanon and Syria is very special and unmatchable in the world and we can’t take any hostile or biased attitude [towards Syria]”.

The Lebanese Minister said in an interview with Lebanese As-Safir Newspaper published on Saturday that the Syrian crisis will not be solved through the military solution or violence, pointing out to “the importance of abstaining from imposing economic sanctions if we want to help Syria implement reforms because such sanctions cause sufferings to the Syrians”, he added.

Mansour said that Lebanon has been realistic, as it copes with its own interests and the interests of the region, believing that a solution cannot be passed without dialogue which is the only way out.

“The relationship between Lebanon and Syria is very special and unmatchable in the world and we can’t take any hostile or biased attitude [towards Syria]”

The Lebanese FM stressed that Lebanon will never participate in the so-called “Friends of Syria” conference which is to be held in Istanbul next month, highlighting that Lebanon will not recognize this council. It recognizes of the Syrian state and Lebanon is tied with the Syrian state through distinguished historical relations, being a brotherly state, adding “we do not abandon the brotherly country and we should help it get out of the crisis.”

He noted that recognizing Istanbul Council will complicate the solution to the Syrian crisis, stressing that Syria must be looked at as a whole as it is still united with an army a government and a president.

Syrian Arab News Agency (State media outlet)

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