British Foreign Secretary hopes for stability in Lebanon

Other News Materials 19 November 2008 14:13 (UTC +04:00)

Visiting British Foreign Secretary David Miliband started official talks with Lebanese leaders Wednesday, saying he hoped that stability would prevail in Lebanon until the upcoming parliamentary election due in May 2009, reported dpa.

"The entire world is looking at the upcoming parliamentary elections where politics, not violence, should determine Lebanon's future relations," Miliband said after meeting Lebanese President Michel Suleiman.

Miliband said that his government was satisfied by the Lebanese government's approach to resolving the problems facing the country. He added that he hoped the situation would remain stable until after the 2009 elections.

Miliband reiterated that Britain was "very committed" to the "vision of a peaceful Middle East."

"Now is the time to push for a comprehensive resolution," he said.

The foreign secretary also announced that Lebanon's president would visit Britain in the spring.

Miliband, who arrived from Damascus late Tuesday, held talks over the weekend in Israel and the West Bank with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.