Lebanese PM stresses respect to sovereignty of other states, dismisses interference claim

2013-02-16 20:49:03 GMT2013-02-17 04:49:03(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

BEIRUT, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Miqati stressed Saturday that the Lebanese government respects the sovereignty of other states, especially Arab sister countries, and does not interfere in their internal affairs.

According to a statement by his press office, Miqati received a call Saturday evening from Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour, who informed him of a number of Gulf States' dissatisfaction with recent statements by Lebanese officials.

Mansour told Miqati that "such statements are considered to be interference in other countries' internal affairs."

Miqati stressed that political statements given by officials actually represent their own opinions and in no way reflect the Lebanese government's position, adding that it is also affirmed by the "Baabda Declaration", in which the Article 12 states that " Distancing Lebanon from politics of axes and regional and international conflicts and sparing it the negative repercussions of arising tension and regional crises."

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