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BEIRUT: Lebanese President Michel Aoun, Prime Minister Najib Mikati and several politicians have condemned the threats made by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah against Saudi Arabia.

Nasrallah crossed the red line that Lebanon drew to preserve its relations with the Kingdom and targeted hundreds of thousands of Lebanese working in the Gulf with his attack on the Kingdom.

He accused “everyone who befriends Americans in Lebanon and the region of being a co-conspirator.”

Aoun said on Tuesday that “the Lebanese people are keen to preserve Lebanon’s Arab and international relations, especially those with the Gulf states, with Saudi Arabia in the lead.”

Mikati was quick to respond to Nasrallah’s attack on the Kingdom, saying: “His statements do not represent the position of the Lebanese government and of the vast majority of the Lebanese people. It is not in Lebanon’s interest to offend any Arab country, especially the Gulf States.

He added, “As we call on Hezbollah to be part of the diverse Lebanese nation and demonstrate its affiliation with Lebanon, its leadership contradicts that leadership with positions that undermine Lebanon and Lebanon’s relations with its sister countries. “

Mikati called on everyone to “have mercy on this country, protect it from unnecessary controversy and stop hateful political and sectarian rhetoric.”

During a meeting with the Lebanese Armed Forces Cmdr. General Joseph Aoun declared on Tuesday: “The army will be the first defender of Lebanon and the first institution which represents the true fusion between all Lebanese, since the army is the protector of the country.

Also in response to Nasrallah’s comments, former President Michel Sleiman said: “Has he taken this position on behalf of Iran? The majority of the Lebanese people reject this position and believe that it would cause great damage to Lebanon and ruin relations with Saudi Arabia, which selflessly loves Lebanon.

Former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora said: “Nasrallah’s statements represent a crime against Lebanon and its national interests which are in danger.

He said Nasrallah’s speech against the Kingdom was “unjust, predatory and further suffocates Lebanon.”

Siniora added, “This is an Iranian speech that reflects Iran’s impatience with the ongoing conflict and the clash with the United States in the nuclear talks in Vienna.”

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri addressed Nasrallah in a tweet: “Your insistence on attacking Saudi Arabia and its rulers is a continuing attack on Lebanon, its role and the interests of its people. Saudi Arabia has never threatened the Lebanese state with the Lebanese who have worked and resided in the Kingdom for decades.

“Saudi Arabia, as well as all the Arab Gulf States, welcomed the Lebanese and offered them job opportunities and a decent life. It is those who threaten the Lebanese with their livelihood, stability and progress who want the Lebanese state to be held hostage by Iran and its proxies in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon.

He added: “Everyone knows that history will not be kind to a party that sells its Arabism, its homeland and the interests of its people in exchange for a handful of partnerships in the region’s wars.

In a statement released by Dar Al-Fatwa, Lebanon’s highest Sunni authority, the Grand Mufti of Lebanon, Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian, called Nasrallah’s speech “impertinence and offenses against the Kingdom.”

Dar Al-Fatwa reiterated its “support for Mikati’s position in this regard”.

The deputy of the future Mohammed Al-Hajjar Bloc declared: “Hezbollah is not only pledging Lebanon, but insists on slaughtering the country. “

Lebanese Democratic Party MP Bilal Abdallah expressed concern over “the use of Lebanon on the negotiating table of powerful forces”.


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