(AFP) - Germany and France have issued a joint call to Syria to "stop supporting forces that seek to destabilise Lebanon and the region".
"France and Germany call for an end to all interference in the affairs of Lebanon," German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Jacques Chirac said Tuesday in a joint statement after meeting in Mettlach in western Germany, reports Trend.
"As far as Syria is concerned, we want that country to stop supporting forces that seek to destabilise Lebanon and the region," the statement said.
They said that in exchange for heeding the call, Syria could hope to "resume normal conduct with the international community and in particular with the countries of the European Union".
Merkel and Chirac expressed their full support for the embattled Western-backed government of Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora, who is facing mass protests and calls for his government to resign.