Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea reiterated on Tuesday that the government should resign and be replaced by a neutral cabinet over the recent deadly clashes that shook Beirut and the northern port city of Tripoli.

In remarks to al-Mustaqbal newspaper, Geagea said: “The solution would be for the government to leave immediately and be replaced by a neutral cabinet.”

“There can’t be any dialogue in the presence of the confrontational government,” he stressed after several requests were made to hold all-party talks to contain the repercussions of the deadly fighting between pro- and anti-Syrian regime supporters in Lebanon.

The government “needs a dialogue among its members before any other dialogue with others,” Geagea said in reference to continued bickering between the different members of the cabinet over several issues.


The LF chief said the deadly gunbattles that took place in Tripoli last week and Beirut’s Tariq al-Jedideh neighborhood on Sunday, in addition to the assassination attempt against him last month, fall in the interest of the Syrian regime and come at the expense of the Lebanese people and the state.

“The Syrian regime is suffering from a daily decline,” he told al-Mustaqbal. “The continuity of the revolution is a confirmation that the regime is in decline.”