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mikati patriarch RaiLebanon Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati reiterated his call for the adoption of the policy of dissociation and abiding by the Baabda declaration with regards to the events raging in the Middle East region.

“I call for facing the difficult circumstances experienced by Lebanon through consolidating the internal front and reinvigorating the policy of dissociation by returning to the Baabda Declaration,” Mikati said following a meeting with Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Beshara Boutros al-Rai on Wednesday.

“Dialogue between the Lebanese is essential for resolving contentious issues.” Mikati stressed

The “Baabda Declaration,” is an agreement that was reached between the rival March 8 and March 14 leaders in 2012. It calls for “keeping Lebanon away from regional and international conflicts and sparing it the negative repercussions of regional tensions and crises.”

Hezbollah signed the agreement but its active military support for the Syrian regime is seen by observers as a contradiction to the Baabda Declaration and violates Lebanon’s disassociation policy and risks Lebanon’s stability.

171 Hezbollah fighters have reportedly been killed during the past few month while fighting alongside the forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al Assad, according to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights SOHR.

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