Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah: Hariri is "detained" in Saudi Arabia and prevented from returning to Lebanon"
10 Nov 2017
Lebanon - Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said on Friday that PM Saad Hariri is detained in Saudi Arabia and prevented from returning to Lebanon.
"We deprecate the blatant Saudi interference in Lebanon's internal affairs and condemn this insulting act against PM Saad Hariri since his arrival at the airport," Nasrallah said in a televised speech during a ceremony organized by the Party marking Imam Hussein's 40-day mourning commemoration and Martyr Day.
Nasrallah tackled in his speech the latest developments especially with respect to the shock resignation of PM Saad Hariri from Saudi Arabia.
The ceremony was attended by MP Naji Gharious representing President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil representing House Speaker, Nabih Berri, Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon, Mohammad Fathali, Syrian Ambassador Ali Abdul Karim Ali, Minister of Industry Hussein Haj Hassan, as well as scores of official, political and party dignitaries.
"Since last Saturday, Lebanon has been plunged into a political crisis that placed Lebanon in a new phase," Sayyed Nasrallah said, indicating that the entire region is concerned about the situation in Lebanon.
Nasrallah recapped the significant attained achievements during the past year, starting from the election of the President of the republic, new election law endorsement and the consecration of an unparalleled security and stability in the region and the world.
"The positive scene witnessed in the country was due to the cooperation of all the political forces and concessions made by all," the Sayyed said, adding that this positivity was culminated this year by the liberation of the outskirts of the eastern borders from the terror groups.
The Sayyed said "amidst this entire fine situation and the good intentions by all the segments of political forces, Saudi Arabia has summoned urgently the head of the Cabinet and forced him to present his resignation and read out the already-written statement.
Nasrallah considered such a Saudi Arabia's conduct an unprecedented explicit intervention to force the prime minister to resign, saying all the Lebanese and the entire world have become certain about this issue through available information and data.
The Party chief brought to attention the presence of an attempt to deprive the PM Hariri of his leadership of Future Movement, and another attempt to impose a new prime minister on all the Lebanese.
Nasrallah also indicated that Saudi Arabia attempts to provoke the Lebanese against each other and inciting Arab and Gulf countries, in specific, to take escalatory steps against Lebanon, with the most dangerous incitement lies in stimulating Israel to strike Lebanon.
"It is clear that Saudi Arabia has declared war on Lebanon and Hezbollah," Nasrallah said, adding that SA calls on the Lebanese to topple and destroy Lebanon.
Nasrallah said that the Party deems any insult against Premier Hariri as an insult against all the Lebanese, regardless of the difference in politics.
The Party chief reiterated the call by the Future Movement and Future Bloc demanding the necessity of the return of Hariri to Lebanon.
Nasrallah considered Hariri's declared resignation as "illegal, unconstitutional, and invaluable since it occurred under force and coercion."
"The current government is an existing, constitutional and legitimate government... not a resigned one" Nasrallah said, adding "As such, it is meaningless to undergo parliamentary consultations as some conspirators demanded."
The Party chief also hailed the "wise, calm, and responsible management" of the crisis by President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, and House Speaker, Nabih Berri, stressing that such an astute management should be the spot of consensus amongst all the Lebanese.
He also urged the Lebanese to rally around such an astute management since it has preserved the country and safeguarded it at the security, economic and financial levels. The Sayyed commended the awareness demonstrated by the all the Lebanese and political forces, indicating that the declared war on Lebanon and Hizbullah is "an arbitrary war".
On Al-Arabiya's talk about Hariri's assassination attempt, the Sayyed said that the Station insisted on talking about assassinations, despite the denial of all the Lebanese security services of this attempt. He warned of the continual talk about assassinations, saying such talk is dangerous.
The Sayyed ruled out an Israeli war, stressing that the Party is much stronger than before. Nasrallah warned Israel of any attempt to exploit the situation, saying the Party fears no threats.
Nasrallah warned Israel of any miscalculation or attempt to exploit situation.
On the other hand, Nasrallah said that the Party understands Saudi Arabia's anger over certain setbacks, but can't understand its manner and counter- reaction in such a humiliating manner.
The Party chief brought to attention that "Saudi Arabia has influence in Lebanon, and Iran also has influence in Lebanon... but with a fundamental difference that Saudi Arabia is interfering in Lebanese affairs, unlike Iran, which does not interfere in any Lebanese internal affairs," he said.
Nasrallah asserted that Saudi Arabia shall fail to eliminate Hizbullah "if this is its objective."
"If you [Saudi Arabia] want to punish Hezbollah, you should not punish Lebanon and the Lebanese," Nasrallah said.
Nasrallah reiterated the need to uphold Lebanon's security, stability and internal cohesion, calling for not being terrified of all threats, because "through our unity we can overcome this stage," Nasrallah said.
Arab Ambassadors Confirm to Aoun Keenness on Lebanon Stability
10 Nov 2017
Lebanon - President of the republic, Michel Aoun, on Friday carried on his meetings with the Arab Ambassadors accredited in Lebanon, to inform them of Lebanon's official stance regarding the latest developments on the home scene following the sudden resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
Aoun has respectively welcomed at Baabda palace Ambassadors Ali Abbas Bandar Al-Amiri (Iraq), Badr bin Mohammed bin Badr Al Mantheri (Oman), Ashraf Dabbour (Palestine), Ahmed Bouziane (Algeria), Karim Boudali (Tunisia), Abdullah al-Duais (Yemen), and Ali Sadiq (Sudan).
During the talks, the Ambassadors reportedly expressed their countries' keenness on Lebanon's stability and security, hailing the efforts exerted by President Aoun to end the current political crisis in the country.
U.N. Chief Warns New Conflict in Lebanon Would be 'Devastating'
10 Nov 2017
Lebanon - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Friday that a new conflict in Lebanon would have "devastating consequences" and said he was engaged in intense contacts with all players to urge de-escalation.
Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned in a shock announcement broadcast from Riyadh on Saturday as a power struggle intensified between Saudi Arabia and Iran, which backs Lebanon's Hizbullah.
"It is essential that no new conflict erupt in the region," Guterres told reporters. "It would have devastating consequences."
"This is a matter of great concern to us. What we want is for peace to be preserved in Lebanon."
Guterres said he had been holding "very intense contacts" with Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, other countries in the region as well as governments with influence in the Middle East.
"We are indeed very worried and we hope that we won't see an escalation in the region that would have tragic consequences," said Guterres.
The U.N. chief spoke to Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Wednesday.
Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have urged their citizens to leave Lebanon while the UAE has renewed a travel warning.
Aoun to Bukhari: Hariri's Way of Resignation Unacceptable
10 Nov 2017
Lebanon - President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, said during his meeting with Saudi Charge d'Affaires, Walid Bukhari that "the way PM Saad Hariri resigned was unacceptable," calling for the latter's return to Lebanon.
Jumblatt Deplores Saudi Arabia's Conduct with Lebanon
10 Nov 2017
Democratic Gathering Head, MP Walid Jumblatt, said in an interview with Reuters that he was sad about Saudi Arabia's behavior with Lebanon after decades of friendship.