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February 05, 2012

Syria angered by Mikati’s "suspicious politics"

February 05, 2012

February 05, 2012

In spite of the fact that Najib Mikati’s government was part of a Syrian coup against Saad Hariri’s government, Damascus is now growing more suspicious by the day of the Lebanese Prime Minister. The first issue to surface was the appointment of the retired General Ibrahim Bashir, on top of the High Commission for Relief. The Commission recently gained significance due to its role in dealing with Syrian refugees, many of whom are ant-Assad activists and militants.

The Arab Digest has learned that the former Ambassador Johny Abdo, an anti-Assad Lebanese politician, requested the appointment of Bashir. Abdo, who was also the director of Lebanon’s intelligence, still enjoys wide relations with Western and Saudi intelligence. He made the request during a meeting in Paris with retired General Abdul Halim Mikati, the prime minister’s cousin who served with Abdo for years in Lebanon’s public sector.

The second issue with Mikati, according to our sources, is his plan to visit Paris and Ankara, both of which are aggressive in their efforts to topple Syria’s regime.

The third and final issue are Mikati’s orders to facilitate the work of NGOs helping Syrian refugees in Lebanon; Assad’s regime suspects that these NGOs do not restrict their role to humanitarian efforts.


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