Hezbollah warns of Saudi Arabia’s intention to dominate Lebanon’s political structure

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Reacting to the resignation of Lebanese Information Minister George Kordahi, whose criticism of the Saudi-led military campaign against the Yemenis sparked a weeks-long conflict and diplomatic crisis between Arab countries, Sheikh Naim Qassem in an interview television criticized Saudi Arabia for its interference in the political affairs of its country and urged the Arab Kingdom to “regard Lebanon as an independent state”.

“Saudi Arabia wants to dominate the Lebanese political structure,” he said, adding that former Saudi ambassador to Lebanon Abdul Aziz al-Khoja has explicitly stated that his country has spent around $ 72 billion on Lebanon. since 1990 and had achieved nothing.

Regarding the situation in Lebanon, Sheikh Qassem said Hezbollah wants the government to continue its work and convene a meeting, adding that there are still issues to be addressed.

He pointed out that Hezbollah has allies who have been directly targeted by Tarek al-Bitar, a Lebanese judge and head of the Beirut Criminal Court, who is the second judge to lead the investigation into the Beirut port explosion in 2020, and that targeting them was an obvious political gesture.

Hezbollah’s deputy secretary general said the Lebanese Forces Party, led by Samir Geagea, committed the crime in Beirut’s al-Tayouna district and intended to incite the country to sedition in order to prepare for a civil war in Lebanon; But resistance and patience from Hezbollah and the Amal movement thwarted this.

George Kordahi officially resigned from his post as Lebanese Minister of Information on Friday.

The resigning Information Minister also condemned an “intentional and indiscriminate campaign” waged against him by several Lebanese political leaders and media who, he said, had distorted his remarks by declaring: “Due to these attacks, demands for my resignation and the boycott of Lebanon by the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (Persian) (P) GCC) has started. “

Yemeni movement spokesman Houthi Ansarullah and leader of the negotiating team of the Yemeni national salvation government, Mohammed Abdul Salam, reacting to Kordahi’s decision strongly lashed out at Arab countries which are also behind a military campaign against Yemen, in a message posted on his Twitter account and said: “The aggressors (against Yemen) were stupidly oppressing George Kordahi, and Saudi Arabia, by its very nature, went so far as to show in vain his hostility towards all of Lebanon and was therefore despised, while this Lebanese minister with nationalist and patriotic positions was seen (in the eyes) of his people as a great person. “

Many observers believe that George Kordahi’s resignation will not change Saudi Arabia’s behavior towards Lebanon, as Riyadh has issues with the principles of the Lebanese government as well as Hezbollah’s presence in the country.

Two months before Najib Mikati’s cabinet election, Kordahi criticized the Saudi war in Yemen, calling it futile and claiming that Ansarullah’s Yemeni forces, like Hezbollah, were defending their country and sovereignty. The remarks led to a political crisis between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.

Kordahi was in office for less than three months, appointed under Mikati’s government tasked with stemming Lebanon’s spiraling economic collapse.

Several countries in the Persian Gulf reacted quickly to Kordahi’s comments. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Bahrain recalled their envoys from Beirut and banned the Lebanese ambassadors. Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have also called on their citizens to leave Lebanon.

Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, has banned all Lebanese imports into the kingdom, further stepping up the indefinite ban on all Lebanese agricultural products and products imposed in April.


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