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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