Ashton: Supports Lebanon Gov't of National Unity

January 13, 2011 12:37

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said she was "concerned by the situation in Lebanon," in a statement issued Thursday following the recent collapse of the Lebanese government.

"I want to reiterate our support for the Government of National Unity. I call on all political actors to work constructively to seek a negotiated solution to the current situation. Dialogue and stability are essential to respond to today's events in the interest of the Lebanese people."Her statement came after earlier on Thursday Lebanese President Michel Suleiman asked Lebanese Prime Minister Sa'ad Hariri, as well as other members of his party, to remain in their positions in a transitional government, according to Lebanese news sources.

The Lebanese government collapsed on Wednesday after Hizbullah and its allies pulled out over differences stemming from the UN investigation into the assassination of Hariri’s father, former prime minister Rafik Hariri.

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