Lebanon's Druse leader Walid Jumblatt 311 R.
(photo credit: Mohamed Azakir / Reuters)
Lebanese Druse leader Walid Jumblatt warned Hezbollah, a coalition ally with his Progressive Socialist party, to downgrade its ties with Syria and urge President Bashar Assad to reform, the Lebanese Daily Star reported Monday.
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“I advise Hezbollah not to be completely attached to the Syrian regime and [Hezbollah] should advise the regime that the best solution lies in the Arab League initiative and for it to abandon security measures,” the Star quoted Jumblatt as telling Al-Majalla magazine over the weekend.
“[Hezbollah leader] Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah should advise Bashar Assad of the need to implement reforms for a populist, democratic Syria that is open to all political movements,” he added.
Jumblatt went on to denounce the Syrian crackdown, saying, "The regime
has made a fatal mistake against citizens in Deraa and it was not
resolved and no one was held accountable for the crimes.”
The Druse leader's statements reflect the changing Lebanese political
landscape resulting from the uprising in neighboring Syria, which serves
as a conduit for Iranian influence in the country. Jumblatt called on
Iran to curb its stubborn anti-Israel militancy, saying that the Islamic
Republic should not interfere with the Syrian and Lebanese styles of
“If the Iranians insist on the principles of resistance in the face of
Israel in their own way, they need to know that the Syrian and Lebanese
people as well as Arab people are basically resistant. We do not need
lessons from anyone.”