Saudi Arabia Says Lebanon Declares War Against It

Saudi Arabia Says Lebanon Declares War Against It

Saudi Arabia’s allegation of Lebanon declaring struggle was directed at Lebanese chief Saad al-Hariri (File)

Beirut:  Saudi Arabia stated on Monday that Lebanon had declared struggle towards it due to what it described as aggression towards the Kingdom by the Iran-backed Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah.
Saudi Gulf affairs minister Thamer al-Sabhan, in an interview with Al-Arabiya TV, stated the Lebanese authorities would “be handled as a authorities declaring struggle on Saudi Arabia”.

Sabhan stated this message had been delivered to the Saudi-allied Lebanese politician Saad al-Hariri, who declared his resignation because the nation’s prime minister on Saturday in a broadcast from Saudi Arabia.
Hezbollah acts of “aggression” on the Kingdom “had been thought-about acts of a declaration of struggle towards Saudi Arabia by Lebanon and by the Lebanese Get together of the Satan”, he added.
Hariri cited an assassination plot towards him within the assertion asserting his resignation, and launched a scathing assault towards Iran and Hezbollah for sowing strife within the Arab world.
The disaster has pitched Lebanon again into the forefront of a regional wrestle between Saudi Arabia and Iran, which has additionally performed out in Syria, Iraq, Bahrain and Yemen.

There was no speedy remark from the Lebanese authorities.
Earlier on Monday, President Michel Aoun, a political ally of Hezbollah, appealed for nationwide unity following Hariri’s resignation which toppled a coalition authorities that included Hezbollah and plunged Lebanon into political disaster.
Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, one other political ally of Hezbollah, stated in a televised assertion after assembly Aoun it was too early to speak about forming a brand new authorities.
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