0641 GMT January 16, 2022
Hashim Safi al-Din, head of the Executive Council of Hezbollah, said in a statement that it is not “reasonable” to think that the diplomatic crisis is related to remarks made by the Lebanese information minister “but rather it is greater than that” Press TV reported.
What is happening in Saudi Arabia is a major thing, as the Saudis and the Persian Gulf [Arab countries] in general, who have followed the path of forming relations with Israel, cannot bear a voice from Lebanon and others who will criticize them in the future over the Saudi-Israeli relations, which will be made public in the coming days, he added.
The senior Hezbollah official said that the Saudi crown prince lives in a state of “dilemma and anxiety” and will have to face a great situation after the fall of Marib, emphasizing that bin Salman is fearful of losing all his illusions.
He warned that all those who work to interrupt the Lebanese government, undermine the country’s stability, and mount US and Saudi sanctions to destroy Lebanon, highlighting Hezbollah’s sacrifices “in order not to lead our country to internal clashes, and for this, we [have striven to] resolve the economic and internal problems of the Lebanese people.”
Safi al-Din emphasized that those who are pushing to fabricate security, diplomatic and political crises in Lebanon are the ones that are working to sabotage the country.
Saudi Arabia will not tolerate any criticism in the future, especially after its relations with the Israeli regime will be public in the coming days, he added.
The Saudi-Lebanon row began after George Kordahi, who currently serves as Lebanon's information minister, said during a television program, which was aired last Monday, that the 2015-present Saudi Arabia-led war on Yemen was an act of aggression by Riyadh and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the kingdom’s most significant ally in the military campaign.
He called the war “absurd,” saying it had to stop because he was opposed to wars between Arabs. The minister also said the Yemeni Army forces and their allied fighters from the Popular Committees were “defending themselves ... against an external aggression”.
The Saudi kingdom subsequently recalled its ambassador from Beirut and expelled the Lebanese envoy from the Saudi capital.