Saudi King to Ahmadinejad: 'We still need Lebanon'
October 12, 2010 21:34
King Abdullah telephones Iranian president before scheduled visit to Lebanon, warns him not to cause irreversible damage.
Ahmadinejad smiling, waving 311.
(photo credit:AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
Saudi Arabia's King
Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz called on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
not to cause an irreversible situation during the his expected visit to
Lebanon on Wednesday, Channel 10 reported Tuesday.
Abdullah made the comments during telephone conversation between the two leaders and told Ahmadinejad "we still need Lebanon."
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The US has expressed concern to the Lebanese government over Ahmadinejad's scheduled upcoming visit to Lebanon.
US State Department Spokesman P.J. Crowley said that US Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton spoke with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman last
month, telling him that Iran, through Hizbullah, threatens Lebanon's
Officials in Jerusalem have said that Lebanon, not Israel, would be the
party to suffer most from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s
scheduled visit next week to southern Lebanon.
“Lebanon is the primary victim, and if it wants to stop slipping into
the jaws of the Iranian crocodile, it – and the moderate Arab world –
should raise a strong voice and say this provocateur is not welcome,”
Foreign Ministry spokesman Yossi Levy said.
Herb Keinon contributed to this report
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