John Kerry and Saad Hariri 311 AP.
(photo credit: AP)
Saad al-Hariri, Lebanon’s prime minister, has vowed not to give in to “threats”
after Hizbullah ramped up rhetoric against a UN-backed probe into his father’s
murder, according to a report on Al-jazeera.
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“Nobody can threaten me to
force my hand. I don’t act according to this logic. I don’t give in to threats,”
Hariri told the Arabic-language service of Russia Today television ahead of a
two-day visit to Moscow starting on Monday.
“I’m ready for calm and
constructive dialogue, but if someone comes to me and puts a knife to my throat
and tells me how to work, this is unacceptable.
Lebanon is not like
that,” he said, according to a transcript of the interview provided by his
Hassan Nasrallah, the Hizbullah chief, warned on Thursday that
his powerful Shi’ite group would “cut off the hand” of anyone who tried to
arrest any of its members over the 2005 assassination of former prime minister
Rafiq al-Hariri, who died along with 22 other people in a massive Beirut bombing
on February 14, 2005.
Nasrallah’s comments were the latest in a heated
campaign Hizbullah has launched to fend off an anticipated accusation by the
UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon against its highranking members in
connection with the assassination.
Saad al-Hariri accused Syria of his
father’s murder in the immediate aftermath of the bombing, at a time when Syria
dominated Lebanon politically and militarily. He later dropped the accusation.