MP Tohme urges government to expel Syria’s envoy


March 14 MP Nidal Tohme urged the government to expel the Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdel Karim Ali, National News Agency reported on Wednesday.

“ I urge the government to expel the Syrian ambassador immediately… there is no place for him among us as long as his country does not take quick measures to release the Lebanese nationals that were abducted earlier in the day in Abboudiyeh ,” Tohme said.

Earlier on Wednesday, Syrian forces detained two Lebanese – one Sunni, one Alawite – as they made their way home from across the border, sparking unrest near the border, AFP quoted a Lebanese official as saying.

The MP also called for drafting a formal complaint to the UN Security Council saying that “it is not acceptable that the Lebanese remain subject to abductions and killings.”

On Tuesday, Western countries including the United States, Britain, France Spain and Australia all expelled the highest ranking Syrian diplomats in their countries in a bid to increase pressure on President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

More than 13,000 people, the majority of them civilians, have died since the Syrian uprising began, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, including nearly 1,500 since the UN-backed truce took effect April 12.

The Lebanese government is dominated by the Hezbollah militant group, a staunch ally of the Syrian regime, where a predominantly Sunni uprising is trying to oust the Assad family dynasty.