Syria will begin its troop pullback in Lebanon on Monday, according to authorities in Beirut.
Many pointed the finger of blame at Damascus, which denies any role in the killing.But while Lebanon’s opposition wants a pullout as quickly as possible, the nation’s most powerful party has leapt to the defence of Damascus.
Hizbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah called for a peaceful rally in Beirut on Tuesday, in support of Syria and against foreign intervention.“The aim of America and Israel is to spread chaos in Lebanon,” he said. On Saturday, Syria’s president announced plans for a complete troop pullout, but he said his country would still play a part in its neighbour’s affairs. “Not good enough” was the verdict from the White House. It has dismissed Bashar al-Assad’s proposals as “half measures” and pledged to step up pressure for a complete and immediate withdrawal.