Lebanon not to surrender to threat against Hezbollah's arms
Lebanese Foreign Minister Ali al- Shami said on Sunday that Lebanon will not surrender to threats against the resistance's weapons, local Now Lebanon news website reported.
The resistance refers to Lebanese Shiite armed group Hezbollah, which holds well equipped and trained militia force, especially in south Lebanon bordering Israel, Xinhua reported.
The foreign minister did not specify what the threat exactly was and where it came from.
Hezbollah's refusal to give up its arsenal has generated division within Lebanon as well as concern in Israel, which fought with the Shiite group in the summer of 2006.
The UN Resolution 1701 which ended the 2006 war demanded that Hezbollah be disarmed. But Lebanese new cabinet's policy statement finalized on Nov. 26 said that Hezbollah can keep their arms to resist Israel.
Al-Shami said the country will not give up its right to liberate its occupied territory and defend itself from aggression.
He also said Arab solidarity gives Lebanon more stability, calling for reinforcing Lebanese-Syrian relations on all levels, adding that the "promising beginning" of improved bilateral relations will show progress in the near future.