Saudis, Lebanon ‘at war’
THE chief of Lebanon’s Shiite Hezbollah movement, Hassan Nasrallah, has accused Saudi Arabia of declaring war against Lebanon and keeping Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri against his will.
Tensions heightened in the region since Mr Hariri announced his resignation last week on a trip to the Saudi capital, where he has remained.
Mr Nasrallah said Saudi Arabia had forced Mr Hariri to resign. “The language Saudi officials are using is a war on Lebanon and not on Hezbollah,” he said in a speech.
“Hariri is being held in Saudi Arabia and is not allowed to return to Lebanon.”
Mr Nasrallah said Mr Hariri was coerced into resigning.
Riyadh has previously denied the allegation and said Mr Hariri, a Sunni politician who also holds a Saudi passport, is free to leave the kingdom. Mr Hariri said as he resigned his life was in danger and accused Iran and Hezbollah of destabilising his country.
President Michel Aoun said a final decision on the resignation would be delayed until the premier’s return.