Hezbollah has rejected the resignation of the Lebanese Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, saying he was forced to step down by the Saudi Arabian authorities. “We reject the resignation of the Prime Minister,” said Hassan Nasrallah, the Hezbollah leader in a televised address on Friday.
The Hezbollah leader claims Hariri was placed at gunpoint shortly after arriving at a Saudi airport and made to read a prepared statement announcing his resignation.
“If the Prime Minister wants to resign let him return to the presidential palace in Lebanon and issue his statement, “he said.
Nasrallah said as far as they are concerned, Hariri is still the political head of the Lebanese government. “Even if Hariri is our adversary he is the political head of Lebanon.”
He warned the Saudi government against meddling in the affairs of Lebanon, saying they will not win. “Where are the Saudi Princes who have been overseeing the war along the Jordanian and Yemen border?” he asked.
He cautioned Israel against being tempted to gang up with Saudi against Lebanon. “They might have had made their calculations but let them know we are closely watching,” Nasrallah said.
He said Lebanon has enjoyed peace and tranquility over the past year, which they aren’t willing to loose. He praised Hezbollah for putting up a spirited fight against Daesh in Yemen and Syria.
“They started this terror group but it has suffered defeat,” he said. Nasrallah said they are being targeted for speaking up against the massacre in Yemen and Syria, which has caused untold suffering to women, children and innocent civilians. “If others will not speak we can’t remain silent about these attacks that have led to deaths, cholera and hunger.