Hariri accuses Nasrallah of misleading public, sectarian incitement

Nasrallah's Friday speech to supporters exposes hatred against Saudi Arabia and its leadership, Hariri says.

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April 18, 2015 13:33
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Hassan Nasrallah

Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Former Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri accused Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah of making “fabrications, distorting [facts], misleading [the public], and [putting on] shows of strength and sectarian incitement,” the Lebanese Daily Star reported Saturday.

His comments followed Nasrallah's address to the public Friday over Saudi Arabia's military undertakings in Yemen against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, a faction the Hezbollah leader vowed to support relentlessly.

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According to the al-monitor, Nasrallah addressed thousands of his party's supporters at a Friday rally, urging them to “raise their voices and tell Saudi Arabia enough is enough."

He strongly condemned the US-backed Saudi actions in Yemen, and predicted failure as the only outcome. "After 28 days of aerial and naval bombardment, fierce airstrikes and all forms of intelligence and logistical support that was offered by the US, they [Saudi Arabia] failed to restore Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to Yemen...and because of this aggression...[he] has lost any chance to return to the presidency," the al-monitor quoted Nasrallah saying.

Steering away from the crisis in Yemen, Nasrallah blamed Saudi Arabia for the proliferation of extremism in the region and for the funding of some regional Islamic State and al-Qaida factions.

His words swiftly drew criticism from former Lebanese PM Hariri, who referred to Nasrallah's speech as slander that would "dig up the graves of hatred."

According to the Daily Star, Hariri warned that offending Saudi leadership could trigger further political tension in the region. Yet he remained firm that Nasrallah's speech would not affect Saudi-Yemen relations deep-seated in a shared history that would withstand the threats of "wailing and crying that we hear from Tehran to Beirut’s southern suburbs.”


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