Britain welcomes new Lebanese gov’t

LONDON, Britain Friday welcomed formation of the Lebanese government and said it was an important moment for the Arab country.

The new government will have an increasingly important task of protecting Lebanon’s sovereignty, security and stability, including through implementing the policy of disassociation from regional conflicts, and abiding by the provisions of all relevant UN Security Council Resolutions, including 1559 and 1701, Minister of State for the Middle East Alistair Burt said in a statement.

He said Britain would continue to support these goals, including strengthening the Lebanese Armed Forces in its role as Lebanon’s sole and legitimate defender.

Britain, added Burt, remained committed to supporting Lebanon, particularly in fields of security, education and economic growth, as well as by providing support to its most vulnerable.

Britain-Lebanon Business and Investment forum that was held in London on December 12 was an important moment in demonstrating Lebanon’s commitment to delivering key economic reforms, and now is the time for action.

Source: Kuwait News Agency