Prime Minister Najib Miqati on Tuesday called on the lead investigative judge into the Beirut port blast Tarek Bitar to “abide by the constitution,” as he noted that he will not visit Syria if that will subject Lebanon to sanctions.
“What’s happening with Judge Bitar is regrettable and it is unacceptable for the judge to be changed once again,” Miqati said after meeting Speaker Nabih Berri, a day after Bitar’s probe was suspended following legal challenges from former ministers.
“I call on him to abide by the constitution,” the premier added.
Asked whether he might visit neighboring Syria, Miqati said he is not willing to “subject Lebanon to any sanctions.”
“If the relations with Syria subject Lebanon to threats, I will not accept that,” the PM added.