Nasrallah planting tree 311 AP.
(photo credit: AP)
Money that Hizbullah received from Iran helped rebuild Lebanese houses destroyed
by Israel in 2006’s Second Lebanon War, according to Hizbullah chief Hassan
He spoke on Saturday ahead of Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad’s visit to Lebanon.
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“Hizbullah does not trust Lebanese
government bureaucracy, therefore the Iranians paid in cash,” Nasrallah said in
a televised broadcast.
“The Iranian president is arriving as a guest of
Lebanon, and he was invited by Lebanese President Michel Suleiman himself,”
“The recent reports that Ahmadinejad intended to visit
the Lebanon-Israel border in order to throw stones across were ridiculous,”
The US expressed concern to the Lebanese government
over Ahmadinejad’s scheduled visit, US State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley
Crowley said that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke with
President Michel Suleiman last month, telling him that Iran, through Hizbullah,
threatened Lebanon’s sovereignty.
Nasrallah said the Iranian leader would
not go to the border and throw a stone into the Jewish state as had been widely
reported in Lebanon.
He added that Ahmadinejad would visit the southern
town of Bint Jbail, which saw heavy fighting between Hizbullah guerrillas and Israeli
troops during their 34-day war in 2006.
Nasrallah’s comments come a day
after a television station run by Hizbullah aired a rare spot showing him
emerging from hiding to plant a tree.
Nasrallah has rarely been seen in
public since his Shi’ite group battled Israel four year ago, fearing
assassination. He gives news conferences via satellite link.
Friday, the black-turbaned Hizbullah chief was shown on Al-Manar TV, shovel in
hand, planting and watering a small tree outside his home in the southern
suburbs of Beirut that were bombed by Israel in 2006.
Nasrallah urged all
Lebanese to plant a tree outside their homes as part of a Hizbullah campaign to
plant 1 million trees in the country.