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Saudi Arabia’s Gulf Affairs Minister Thamer al-Sabhan warned that the Lebanese government “would be treated as a government declaring war on Saudi Arabia.” Lebanon accuses Riyadh of creating more tension.
Saudi Arabia described the actions of the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah backed by Iran as an aggression against the Kingdom.
For his part, the leader of the Shiite Hezbollah group, Hasan Nasrallah, accused Saudi Arabia today of “imposing” the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who announced on November 4 from Riyadh.
Nasrallah criticized that Hariri announced his resignation from Riyadh and not from Lebanon and accused the Saudi government of having “written” the text of his statement, in which he was very critical of Hezbollah. “The resignation of Hariri has nothing to do with the internal political situation in Lebanon, it is not true that the ministers imposed conditions on him, the reason comes from Saudi Arabia,” Nasrallah said in a televised speech.
Saudi Arabia “wants to create more tension in Lebanon”
The leader of the Shiite group, an ally of Syria and Iran, considered that the resignation “suggests” that the authorities of Saudi Arabia “want to create an atmosphere of tension in Lebanon.” Also, Nasralá denied that there is any threat of murder against Hariri, as he himself argued when announcing his resignation.
Hariri’s father, former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri, was assassinated in 2005 in an attack for which five members of Hezbollah are being tried.
In an ironic tone, Nasrallah asked why Hariri does not return to Lebanon and suggested that he may be “detained” in Riyadh, coinciding with the arrest campaign announced by the Saudi royal house, which has imprisoned dozens of princes, ministers and men of business on corruption charges.
Despite the crisis of open government, Nasrallah urged the Lebanese “calm, patience” and not listen to “speculation, rumors and analysis.”
He assured that Hezbollah’s concern “is security and stability in Lebanon” and argued that, for that reason, it should “act calmly and responsibly.”
“The head of state, Michel Aoun, is in contact with all the parliamentary and political groups, as well as with Parliament President Nabih Berri, and we expect Hariri’s return to the country on Thursday, if the Saudi authorities allow it, but Until then, we must be supportive, “he added.
Hezbollah is the only militia that remains armed after the end of the war in 1990 as it is considered a resistance movement against the Israeli occupation.