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Hariri: Lebanon will distance itself from the possible US strike on Syria

LEBANON (OBSERVATORY) –┬áLebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said on Wednesday that his country would abide by a policy of distancing itself from the possible US strike on Syria.

“Our position is clear: self-restraint, and our job is to protect the country from the repercussions of what is happening in the region,” Hariri told a news conference held at the presidential palace in Beirut.

“There are problems in the region, and what I do with President Michel Aoun and Speaker Nabih Berri is to neutralize Lebanon,” Hariri said, according to the official Lebanese National Information Agency.

“I have confidence that Lebanon will not be harmed,” he said.

Hariri’s statement comes amid growing tension in the Syrian case over the US announcement late last week that it would respond to what it calls a chemical attack in the city of Douma, which the Syrian authorities blamed for its implementation.

US President Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macaron and British Prime Minister Theresa May discussed a range of military options that could be used to deal with chemical agents in Syria, the Associated Press reported.

The tone of the American threats escalated today in Trump, who said that US missiles were “coming” to Syria, while Russia, which previously promised to drop them if directed against the Syrian army, was prepared to prepare for them.