Sarkozy voices backing for Lebanese 'authorities'

12th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

French President Nicolas Sarkozy "reaffirmed his support for Lebanese authorities and institutions," after the powerful Shiite party Hezbollah and its allies toppled the government on Wednesday, a statement said.

Sarkozy voiced his support during a telephone conversation with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the Elysee palace said.

Lebanon's government collapsed after 10 ministers resigned from the cabinet of Saad Hariri over a UN probe into the assassination of his father, former premier Rafiq Hariri. The shock pullout came as Hariri was holding talks in Washington with US President Barack Obama.

© 2011 AFP

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