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The absence of the Lebanese flag during the meeting of Zina Aker, Deputy Prime Minister and Acting Minister of Defense and Foreign Affairs in the caretaker government, and Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Miqdad, sparked a wave of criticism in the political and popular circles in Lebanon.
The Lebanese Minister, Zina Aker, appeared during her meeting with Syrian officials, led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Faisal Miqdad, and behind her the flag of Syria instead of the flag of her country, Lebanon.
Officials and activists on social media blamed Minister Zina Aker for not objecting to and accepting this position, which the objectors described as an “insult to their country.”
Former Lebanese MP, Elias Hankash, commented in a tweet on Twitter: “Lebanon is not a province of Syria… Lebanon has thousands of years of civilization. Lebanon’s 6000 martyrs, Lebanon is not reduced to a delegation that is submissive, humiliated and without national dignity. Lebanon is a beacon of this East and it will return better than it was before.” … but we can get rid of you! (We have much more important concerns, but the lack of the Lebanese flag is humiliating in its best form).”
While another tweeter said: “Where is the Lebanese flag, this is an asset in diplomatic relations! The point is: not recognizing Lebanon as a state!”
In turn, Clara Fakhoury criticized the situation in a tweet, saying: “The Syrian flag has replaced the Lebanese flag alongside the Lebanese Minister of Defense. Keep me in the arms.”
The Lebanese delegation to Syria included Minister of Finance Ghazi Wazni and Energy Raymond Ghajar and Director General of Public Security Major General Abbas Ibrahim. Abdulkarim.