Commenting on events in the southern Lebanese city of Saida, Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt said:
I am very concerned about the violence in Saida including the deaths of a number of members of the Lebanese Armed Forces. I would like to offer condolences to the families of those who have died and to reaffirm our strong support for the Lebanese Armed Forces in their efforts to maintain the country’s hard-won peace. I urge all parties in Lebanon to back the security forces, to abide by the policy of disassociation from the Syria conflict, and to reach an early agreement on a new consensus government able to lead Lebanon through the challenges it now faces.
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