Lebanon: Politics and Government

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 12th January 2018.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with (a) Saad Hariri and (b) Hezbollah on securing a stable government for Lebanon.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The Foreign Secretary has not had any recent discussions with Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

On 8 December 2017, I met Prime Minister Hariri at the International Support Group for Lebanon in Paris and made clear that the UK wants to see a stable, sovereign and prosperous Lebanon. We believe that this can only be based on coexistence, true disassociation from regional conflicts, and the disarmament of all militias so that no one party can hold the country's stability or politics hostage. The UK has a no contact policy with Hezballah.

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