BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:50 P.M.) – The leader of the Lebanese Forces, Samir Geagea, stated on Monday that he has no interest in open dialogue with the Syrian government led by President Bashar Al-Assad.
“Where is Lebanon’s best interest in the event of official openness to Bashar al-Assad’s regime?” Geagea tweeted on Monday.
“Let us overcome this phase, peacefully, instead of implicating Lebanon in the existing conflict,” he tweeted, refusing “the normalization of ties” between the Lebanese and Syrian governments.
“Any visit by any minister to Syria that does not enjoy a clear approval of the Lebanese government, is considered a personal visit that has nothing to do with Lebanon on the official level,” he said.
Samir Geagea has been a staunch opponent to diplomatic relations between Syria and Lebanon; however, the Syrian government considers the self-proclaimed doctor a ‘criminal’ that holds no legitimacy.