Lebanon’s Saad Hariri slams Nasrallah speech as ‘wailing and crying’
He said Nasrallah was following the footsteps of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Friday slammed a speech by Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah.
Hariri said the speech was "wailing and crying" and that it would not impact Yemeni-Saudi ties. In the speech, Nasrallah had said the only threat to the sacred Muslim sites in Saudi Arabia did not come from Yemen, but from inside Saudi Arabia itself.
“Saudi Arabia and Yemen's shared history and destiny is deeper and greater than the speeches of Iranian wailing and crying that we hear from Tehran to Beirut’s southern suburbs,” Hariri said on his twitter account shortly after the end of Nasrallah’s speech.
He said Nasrallah was following the footsteps of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, by adopting “creativity in falsification, misinterpretation, deception, show of force and sectarian mobilization.”
Hariri also tweeted: “What we heard were coordinated historical slanders, which reveal the grudges and unashamed hatred against Saudi Arabia, its founder and its leadership.”
Hariri said “the political tension we are now witnessing will not succeed in distorting the image of Saudi Arabia, its role and position.”
He affirmed that “Hezbollah’s continuous escalation will not drag us to stances that would undermine the foundations of dialogue and civil peace,” adding “if their mission is to sacrifice Lebanon’s interests, our duties force us not to be dragged into similar reactions.”
Hariri also said: “We are keen to prevent discord in Lebanon, and they [Hezbollah] are keen to rescue the [Syrian] regime of Bashar al-Assad and the Iranian role in infiltrating Yemen and interfering in Arab affairs.”