France to help prevent destabilizing attempts against Lebanon: HollandeSouce:Xinhua Publish By Thomas Whittle Updated 05/11/2012 2:22 am in World / no comments
BEIRUT, Nov. 4 — Visiting French President Francois Hollande warned Sunday that Paris will prevent any attempt to undermine Lebanon’s stability, advising political forces to join hands through dialogue to avert a further crisis.
At a joint press conference with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman, Hollande said “I would call for all people who could contribute to the stability of Lebanon to work in the spirit of dialogue.”
“I want to remind that France will confront all those who have an interest in undermining the stability of Lebanon, because Lebanon is an example of unity,” he added.
Hollande said there should be no impunity for assassination of ex-Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005 and the recent murder of Internal Security Forces Intelligence Bureau Chief, Wissam al- Hasan.
Lebanese President Suleiman said “the Lebanese should overcome the incident by joining hands.”
He stressed that “Lebanon hopes that Syrians will reach reform and democracy without violence and foreign military intervention.”
Hollande’s trip will be the first by a French president since Nicolas Sarkozy, former president of France, visited here in 2008.
He left Beirut and headed to Saudi Arabia for a summit with King Abdallah.