Lebanese leftist leader Kamal Julblatt on Tuesday (5 October) accused the United States and Israel of using Syria as an agent in Lebanon for their "very low interests".
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JUMBLATT: "We don't want to remove your influence from the Middle East because we don't believe in foreign influences. We want that every country will live without being handicapped, being entangled in any foreign influences, but we want that your policy, we want to remove from our country your bad policy, your bad intentions towards not only the Palestinian problem, Palestinian people, but towards liberty , because unfortunately you have no more principles, you have only interests and very low interests, very pragmatic interests.
REPORTER: And yet sir you said you wanted the French to behave a la Kissinger in order to bring this about?"
JUMBLATT: "Yes we want them to be persistent as your Kissinger, but not to have the same intentions....(laughter and applause).
REPORTER: "Are you requesting not only French influence in establishing a peace conference by also perhaps use of French troops to police any kind of a ceasefire in Lebanon?"
JUMBLATT: "You see this other question, the reply to this question, I have before replied. I must say we must think about it. We have not until now a real idea about methods. Certainly we have been against some officers who come, some technicians to restore, to help to restore, our army, our gendarmerie, because there is so many links between France and us. There is a friendship which is continuing a large friendship not between Lebanon alone, but between the whole Arab world between the whole Islamic world and the French people, the French attitude. That is what I can say now. I would be more hopeful about peace if Syria which was used as an agent by United States by Israel itself. if Israel would withdraw its troops from Lebanon Syria would withdraw its troops from Lebanon."
The French offer of help in the Lebanon was contained in messages sent during the weekend by Foreign Minister Luis de Guiringaud to Presidents Elias Sarkis of Lebanon, Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Hafez Al Assad of Syria. Mr. Jublatt flew to Paris on Sunday (3 October) for his talks with the French leaders.
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Background: Lebanese leftist leader Kamal Julblatt on Tuesday (5 October) accused the United States and Israel of using Syria as an agent in Lebanon for their "very low interests". Mr. Jumblatt told a news conference in Paris, where he has been discussing the Lebanese civil war with French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing, that he would be more hopeful about peace if the Syrians would withdraw their troops. France has sent messages to Lebanese, Egyptian and Syrian leaders expressing readiness to take diplomatic steps to help stop the civil war, and Mr. Jublatt was also asked during the news conference about the possible use of French troops as a peacekeeping force.
Mr. Jumblatt made his comments about the United States very low interests when an American reporter asked him if he wanted to remove United States influence from the Middle East.