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Lebanon PM vows to defend sovereignty in face of attack


16:19, May 28, 2013

BEIRUT, May 28 (Xinhua) -- Lebanese caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati stressed Tuesday that a deadly attack on three soldiers in the northeastern town of Arsal would not deter the authorities in defending Lebanon's sovereignty.

According to the state-run National News Agency, Mikati condoled during a telephone conversation with army chief Gen. Jean Qahwaji on the death of the soldiers, saying "any attack on the army will not deter us from going ahead with preserving security and defending Lebanon's sovereignty and independence."

He stressed that the Lebanese people back the army "at this difficult stage."

Armed men killed three Lebanese soldiers overnight and headed in to the Syrian territories. Miqati said the government and the Higher Defense Council had given the army the authority to take the appropriate measures against such attacks.

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