As discussions of the UN resolution continue, Syria comes out with fighting talk. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Mouallem has said Syria is ready to join Hizbollah’s ranks and promised a military response to any attack from Israel.
At a meeting with the Lebanese President in Tripoli, Mouallem flatly rejected the proposed resolution, saying it was totally in Israel’s favour and would only lead to civil war in Lebanon.
He reiterated Syrian support to Hizbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, an increasingly popular figure in the Arab world.
Outside there was a small protest at Mouallem’s presence in Lebanon. A previous UN resolution forced Syrian troops to leave the country last April after a 29-year presence.