Lebanon PM welcomes anti-terrorism alliance

AFP , Tuesday 15 Dec 2015

Lebanon's Prime Minister Tammam Salam attends a news conference at the government palace in Beirut, Lebanon, August 23, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)

Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam is welcoming the formation of a 34-nation, Saudi-led military coalition and says Lebanon has agreed to be part of it because the country "is on the front lines" of the fight against terrorism.

A statement issued by the premier's office Tuesday hailed the alliance as a step in the interest of all Islamic countries which have a "historic responsibility to confront extremism which uses Islam to cover up its crimes."

Salam said Lebanon will not hesitate to endorse any action "that aims to mobilize resources and close ranks against this scourge" which he said constitutes the most significant challenge to the security and stability of the region.

Lebanon has seen frequent spillovers from Syria's civil war next door, as well as sectarian clashes and militant attacks.

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