Lebanese Druse leader urges Hezbollah distance from Syria

December 12, 2011 11:18

Lebanese Druse leader Walid Jumblatt warned Hezbollah, a coalition ally with his Progressive Socialist party, to downgrade its ties with Syria and urge Assad to reform, the Lebanese Daily Star reported Monday.

“I advise Hezbollah not to be completely attached to the Syrian regime and [Hezbollah] should advise the regime that the best solution lies in the Arab League initiative and for it to abandon security measures,” the Star quoted Jumblatt as telling Al-Majalla magazine over the weekend.

“[Hezbollah leader] Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah should advise Bashar Assad of the need to implement reforms for a populist, democratic Syria that is open to all political movements,” he added.

Jumblatt went on to denounce the Syrian crackdown, saying, "The regime has made a fatal mistake against citizens in Deraa and it was not resolved and no one was held accountable for the crimes.”

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