Lebanon to push Palestinian statehood at UNSC

"When Lebanon heads Security Council in September, first priorities will be recognize Palestinian state," says Lebanese FM Adnan Mansour.

August 16, 2011 10:29
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Lebanese prez Michel Suleiman

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman_311. (photo credit: Reuters)

Lebanese FM Adnan Mansour said that recognition of a Palestnian state will be a priority when Lebanon takes over the leadership of the UN Security Council in September, Lebanon's Daily Star reported on Tuesday.

"When Lebanon heads the Security Council in September, one of its first priorities will be to vote in favor of a Palestinian state with Arab states and other countries in the world," said Mansour, according to the Daily Star report.

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Lebanon will take over the rotating leadership of the UN Security Council in September.

On August 6 Lebanese newspaper An-Nahar reported that Lebanon would recognize a Palestinian state in "the next few days."

According to the report, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was set to arrive in Lebanon Tuesday night for a period of two days during which he will meet with Lebanese president Michel Sleiman, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Najib Mikati.

The Lebanese Daily Star on August 6 quoted sources telling the International Middle East Media Center that Suleiman requested that Abbas visit Lebanon for talks over international recognition of a Palestinian state.

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