Future MPs urge president Suleiman to expel Syrian envoy


syrian ambassador ali ali Future Movement parliamentary bloc MPs called on Lebanese President Michel Suleiman to send a strongly-worded letter to the Syrian envoy and to expel him from the country, because of the involvement of the Syrian regime in the Tripoli twin bombings.

“[Suleiman] must summon Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdul Karim Ali and deliver to him a strongly-worded protest letter in preparation for his expulsion,” a statement released on Sunday by the National Islamic Gathering read.

The meeting was attended by several Future bloc lawmakers along with a number of clerics, and was convened at the residence of MP Mohammad Kabbara.

The statement also urged the referral of the Tripoli explosions file to the Judicial Council and the “elimination of the armed gang in Baal Mohsen,” which is accused by Future parliamentarians of carrying out the twin car bomb explosions in August.

The Future MPs also called for the dissolution of Jabal Mohsen’s Arab Democratic Party.

Earlier on Sunday, a report published in Al-Mustaqbal newspaper accused seven men belonging to the ADP “from Jabal Mohsen and led by Hayan Haydar” of being responsible for the twin explosions that hit Tripoli.

The report added that the bombings were planned by the Syrian regime’s intelligence services in coordination with Tripoli’s Sheikh Ahmad al-Gharib.

The newspaper’s report came a day after the National News Agency reported that Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr issued an arrest warrant against Youssef Diab from Tripoli’s Baal Mohsen and other suspects in the case of the Tripoli bombings.

Tripoli, which over the past months has witnessed sectarian clashes between the Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tebbaneh neighborhoods linked to the war in Syria, was targeted by twin car bomb explosions that detonated near two mosques killing at least 42 people on August 23.