Lebanese PM urges Hezbollah to refrain from attacks on Saudi Arabia

Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam. Credit: State Department.

(JNS.org) Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam has urged the Hezbollah terror group’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, to refrain from attacking Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries.

In an interview with the Saudi-based Al-Arabiya television network, Salam criticized Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria, saying that it reflected negatively on Lebanon. Salam also noted Lebanon’s traditional warm relations with the Arab Gulf states.

Last week, the Saudi-dominated Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) declared Hezbollah a terrorist organization. Lebanon-based Hezbollah criticized Saudi Arabia for being responsible for the decision.

“The decision by the GCC is reckless and hostile and is condemned. The Saudi regime bears responsibility for its issuing and for the consequences,” Hezbollah said.

The six-nation GCC’s move came on the heels of a Saudi decision to freeze $3 billion in military aid to the Lebanese army. Saudi Arabia, which considers Iran its top regional threat and rival, has suggested that it might enact further sanctions against Hezbollah.

Foreign ministers from the GCC countries are scheduled to meet this week to discuss the terror threat posed by Hezbollah and its funder, Iran.

Posted on March 8, 2016 .