Hezbol­lah con­demns Saudis over Le­banon PM

Weekly Trust - - International -

The leader of Le­banon’s Hezbol­lah has lashed out at Saudi Ara­bia, days af­ter Le­banese PM Saad al-Hariri an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion in the Saudi cap­i­tal.

Has­san Nas­ral­lah said Saudi Ara­bia had de­clared war on Le­banon, and was hold­ing Mr Hariri against his will. He also ac­cused the Saudis of in­cit­ing Is­rael against Le­banon. The pow­er­ful Hezbol­lah Shia move­ment is an ally of Iran, which has been trad­ing ac­cu­sa­tions with the Saudis of fu­elling tension in Le­banon and the re­gion.

Mr Hariri said in a TV broad­cast from Riyadh on Satur­day he was step­ping down be­cause of an un­spec­i­fied threat to his life. He also at­tacked Hezbol­lah and Iran.

How­ever, Le­banese Pres­i­dent Michel Aoun and other se­nior politi­cians have de­manded his re­turn, amid sus­pi­cions that he is be­ing held by the Saudis un­der house ar­rest and forced to do their bid­ding. Mr Aoun has not ac­cepted Mr Hariri’s res­ig­na­tion.

Mr Hariri has still not spo­ken pub­licly since his an­nounce­ment. Mr Nas­ral­lah said at the week­end that Mr Hariri had been forced to re­sign by the Saudis, but he re­peated the al­le­ga­tions on Fri­day, say­ing that this was now “beyond any doubt”.

Saudi Ara­bia was at­tempt­ing to re­move Mr Hariri as prime min­is­ter and im­pose a new lead­er­ship on his po­lit­i­cal move­ment, he said.

“We con­demn the blunt, bare-faced Saudi in­ter­ven­tion in our do­mes­tic af­fairs,” Mr Nas­ral­lah said. “Any of­fence to the Le­banese prime min­is­ter is an of­fence to all Le­banese, even when he is our ad­ver­sary.”

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