In an interview with Syrian media, the Syrian premier discussed his country's close ties with Beirut. "Lebanon is the weakest link in Syria's back," he said and added that Damascus is extremely concerned with Lebanon's welfare, security and stability. "It worries us because it's related to our national security."
Al-Otari added that Israel's goal was to eliminate any resistance movement in order to enforce its will on the entire region. He also addressed the investigation of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's murder and said that his country had been blamed for the assassination for the past five years. Al-Otari also noted that Syria has turned Lebanon into a stronger country than it was before.
This is the Syrian prime minister's second anti-Israel statement in the last week. On Thursday he said that should Israel try to start a war with Syria it will "pay a heavy price." In an interview with a Yemenite magazine, Al-Otari said that Israel was the Arab and Islamic nation's greatest enemy and noted that international elements are helping it achieve its goals in the region.
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