“I am wearing a shield, so threw your bullets on me, although I wrote the statement according to my convictions,” with these words, Foreign Minister Abdullah Bou Habib started his intervention in the Cabinet session yesterday.
Tension has prevailed in the session, as the government distanced itself from the Foreign Ministry statement, noting that it did not express Lebanon’s position.
Soon, Bou Habib’s party team, which is the Free Patriotic Movement, disavowed him and informed the Russian side that it had nothing to do with the statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and that FPM adheres to the policy of neutrality.
The Shiite duo’s ministers also objected the statement, as Labor Minister Mustafa Bayram was surprised by the Foreign Ministry statement, stating that it violates the principle of neutrality announced by the Lebanese government. The member of the Loyalty to the “Resistance Bloc”, MP Ibrahim al-Moussawi, said: “They distance themselves and claim neutrality whenever they want, and they interfere and condemn whenever they want, this is really weird, and he asked: “What foreign policy does Lebanon follow? Please, our Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdallah Bou Habib, explain the matter to us.”
As for the principle of neutrality from conflicts between states, the government in general, the Free Patriotic Movement and the President of the Republic in particular, work on it individually.
The Russians expressed their astonishment against Bou Habib’s statement, and considered that he had violated the policy of neutrality and took a side against another in these events.
The question remains, when will Lebanon have a single and unified foreign policy?