Both the United States and Syria have both accused each other of meddling in the affairs of Lebanon. Currently, Lebanon is without a newly elected president. Efforts to find a new president for the country have been deemed futile. Not only did George W. Bush say that he has lost patience with Syria, he has also accused the country of supporting militant groups.
“My patience ran out on President Assad a long time ago,” George W. Bush had said to reporters at the White House.
Bush adds: “The reason why is because he houses Hamas, he facilitates Hezbollah, suiciders go from his country into Iraq, and he destabilizes Lebanon.”
Almost after a month where Emile Lahoud stepped down as Lebanon’s president, sessions by parliament to elect a new president have been cancelled. While the ruling bloc and opposition agreed to nominate General Michel Suleiman as president, both are divided on how the new government will be created.
This is deemed the worst political crisis in Lebanon since the civil war ended in 1990.
“The American role has held up the French-Syrian efforts towards a solution,” said Walid Muallem, Syria’s Foreign Minister. He had accused the US on Thursday of attempts towards brokering a deal.
The US is accused of sideline the Syrian-backed opposition.