Syria crisis: Arabs, US on same page

Updated 10 September 2013

Syria crisis: Arabs, US on same page

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that Arab League ministers had agreed at talks in Paris that Syria crossed a “global red line” in its alleged chemical weapons attack.
Kerry said a number of Arab countries were willing to sign a statement agreed by 12 countries of the G-20 that called for a reaction to the alleged attack, and that they would make announcements in the next 24 hours.
“All of us agree, not one dissenter, that Assad’s deplorable use of chemical weapons... crosses an international global red line,” Kerry told journalists after the talks.
“Today we discussed the possible and necessary measures that can be taken,” he said. “A number of countries immediately signed on to the G-20 agreement,” Kerry said, naming Saudi Arabia as among them.
“I am not going to name the other countries simply because we agreed in the meeting they would go back and make their own announcements, which they will do within the next 24 hours,” Kerry said.
“Everybody understood that the decisions need to be made within the next 24 hours.”
“They have supported the strike and they have supported taking action,” Kerry said.


Lebanon’s foreign minister resigns amid economic crisis

Updated 03 August 2020

Lebanon’s foreign minister resigns amid economic crisis

  • Nassif Hitti submits resignation to the prime minister and leaves government house without making any comments
  • Hitti’s resignation is a blow to Hassan Diab’s government

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s foreign minister resigned on Monday, becoming the first Cabinet minister to defect from his post amid the severe economic and financial crisis striking the country.
Minister Nassif Hitti’s submitted his resignation to the prime minister and left the government house without making any comments.
A career diplomat, Hitti became foreign minister in January as part of Prime Minister Hassan Diab’s government. He was was reportedly unhappy with the government’s performance and lack of movement on promised reforms.
Local media reports said he also was angered by Diab’s criticism of French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian following his visit to Beirut last month. Diab had said Le Drian “did not bring anything new” and was not properly informed about the reforms implemented by the Lebanese government.
It was not immediately clear whether his resignation would be accepted and whether one of the other ministers would assume his responsibilities in caretaker capacity until a new minister is appointed.
Hitti’s resignation is a blow to Diab’s government, which has struggled to implement reforms amid an unprecedented financial crisis and the coronavirus pandemic.