Wikileaks: Saudis proposed to US plan to destroy Hizbullah

December 8, 2010 08:59

Saudi Arabia proposed forming a comprehensive Arab force, together with the US and NATO, to destroy Hizbullah in Lebanon, according to a Wikileaks document revealed Tuesday overnight.

During a May 2008 meeting between US Ambassador to Iraq David Satterfield and Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal, the latter said a "security response" was needed to confront the "military challenge" posed to Lebanon by the Iranian-backed militants.The cable stated that "Saud argued for an 'Arab force' to create and maintain order in and around Beirut."

"The US and Nato would need to provide transport and logistical support, as well as 'naval and air cover'. Saud said that a Hizbullah victory in Beirut would mean the end of the Siniora government and the 'Iranian takeover' of Lebanon."

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