Lebanon army to stop militants from infiltrating Syria

Lebanon army to stop militants from infiltrating Syria
# 16 March 2013 21:16 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Lebanese president Michel Sulaiman has urged the army to prevent militants from crossing into Syria and to arrest those intending to fight in the Arab country, APA reports quoting Press TV.

The remarks were made during Sulaiman’s official visit to the Ivory Coast, the Lebanese Presidential office said in a statement on Saturday.

Sulaiman said the stability of Lebanon depends “on all of us... not sending militants to Syria and not receiving them…we must commit ourselves to neutrality.”

The president said he had tasked the army with “the arrest of any militants intending to fight [in Syria], whether for the opposition or not.”

The comments came after Damascus warned on Thursday that its troops would fire into Lebanon if terrorist groups continued to infiltrate Syria.

“These past 36 hours, armed terrorist gangs have infiltrated Syrian territory in large numbers from Lebanon,” the Syrian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“Syrian forces are showing restraint by not striking these gangs inside Lebanese territory to prevent them crossing into Syria, but this will not go on indefinitely,” it added.

Right after Sulaiman’s order, the Syrian army reinforced its posts on the border along the downstream of the Nahr Al Kabir area.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of Army and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.

The Syrian government has said that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and that a very large number of the militants operating in the country are foreign nationals.

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