Lebanon rejects acts undermining state's sovereignty: PM
Beirut, May 23 (IANS) The Lebanese government rejects any manifestation that "undermines the state's authority and sovereignty," said Lebanese caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati, hinting at the military exercise staged by Iran-backed Hezbollah group a day ago.
"At present, the government is stressing on preserving security stability on all Lebanese territory and not taking any action that may destabilise it," Mikati was quoted on Monday as saying in a statement by Lebanon's Council of Ministers during his meeting with UN Special Coordination for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka, who asked about the military drill.
The drill, taken place in the southern village of Aramta, included several exercises simulating Hezbollah attacks on military outposts, drone offensives, a parade of motorbike-riding Hezbollah fighters as well as the display of armoured vehicles, rocket launchers, mortar artillery, and anti-aircraft weapons, Xinhua news agency reported.
The two officials also emphasised the need to elect a new President for the republic and the role of Lebanese political leaders and parliamentarians in carrying out the required reforms.
Lebanon entered a political vacuum after former President Michel Aoun left office when his term ended at the end of October last year. Different parliamentary blocks still fail to elect a new President due to political divisions.