Director of Political Affairs at Foreign Ministry Meets Kaag after Tweet

Director of Political and Consular Affairs of the Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Charbel Wehbe, held a meeting with UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag on Thursday after the latter’s tweets replying to comments made by President Michel Aoun about Hizbullah’s arms.

During the meeting, Wehbe stressed the necessity to comply with the provisions of the Vienna Convention in respect to what applies to accredited diplomats, the state-run National News Agency said.

He emphasized Lebanon’s full respect for international legitimacy as stated in the ministerial statement, and its commitment to the full implementation of UN 1701 resolution, without selectivity or discrimination, added NNA.

Wehbe focused on “the daily Israeli violations against this decision since 2006 until today, which exceeded 11 thousand breaches, and Israel’s continued occupation of Lebanese territory.”

The Ambassador hoped that “Kaag would pay due attention to these violations against Lebanon’s sovereignty in her report to the Secretary-General and to the Security Council, given that the Israeli acts of aggression represent a permanent threat to Lebanon’s sovereignty and totally hinder the implementation of resolution 1701.”

Replying to comments made by Aoun about Hizbullah’s arms, Kaag said in a tweet on Monday that U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701 calls for the “disarmament of all armed groups.”

Kaag’s tweet came two days after Aoun told Egypt’s CBC TV that Hizbullah’s weapons “do not contradict with the State.”

Reacting to Kaag’s tweets, Arab Tawhid Party chief ex-minister Wiam Wahhab had also urged Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil to “summon” Kaag to the ministry to protest remarks he described as “insulting to the dignity of all Lebanese.”