Hezbollah says Syrian government ‘will stay on’
BEIRUT | The head of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah says it is time for political leaders to accept the survival of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government.
Hassan Nasrallah, addressing a rally on Sunday, advised the Lebanese government to normalize ties with its war-torn neighbor.
Lebanon’s political parties are split over whether to restore relations with the pariah Syrian leader. Hezbollah has invested heavily in Mr. Assad’s survival. More than a thousand of its fighters have died fighting alongside government forces in Syria. Syria occupied Lebanon from 1991-2005.
Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson said in July that Washington was prepared to defer to Russia in Syria. Russia is a key backer of Mr. Assad’s government.