Clinton says Syria may exploit instability in Lebanon

By REUTERS
October 24, 2012 22:27

 
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WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday that Syria could take advantage of a political vacuum in Lebanon, and she urged Lebanese politicians to form a government free of "proxies and agents for outside forces."

Clinton said the United States supports Lebanese President Michel Suleiman's effort to form a new government amid a political crisis following the killing of a top intelligence officer in a Beirut car bombing on October 19.

The car bombing and ensuing clashes brought the civil war in Syria into the heart of Lebanon and triggered a political crisis, with the opposition demanding the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati's cabinet.

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