0111 GMT May 23, 2022
Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah made the remarks in a televised speech on Thursday, while addressing a ceremony held to commemorate Hezbollah Martyrs’ Day, which is November 11, Press TV reported.
“It is assumed that Saudi Arabia presents itself as a friend of the Lebanese people, but its problem is with Hezbollah. Is this how a friend deals with his friend?” Nasrallah said.
He added, “The Saudi pressure [on the Lebanese information minister to resign over remarks made on the Yemen war] is part of the battle against the resistance in Lebanon, and not with Hezbollah, as a political party, and is therefore [a battle] against the resistance.”
Tensions rose between Riyadh and Beirut following critical comments made by Lebanese Information Minister George Kordahi in an interview regarding the Saudi-led war against Yemen. During the interview, Kordahi called the Saudi-led Yemen war futile, and said that Yemeni Armed Forces and their allied fighters from the Popular Committees are defending themselves.
Kordahi’s remarks infuriated Riyadh and prompted it to order Lebanon’s ambassador to leave the kingdom within 48 hours and ban all imports from the Mediterranean country.
“We know the Saudi role in the [33-day] war of July  and the Saudi incitement to continue that war,” the Hezbollah chief said, adding, “Saudi Arabia wants its allies in Lebanon to fight a civil war with Hezbollah in the service of Israel and America.”
The Hezbollah chief underlined that Saudi Arabia “has not given Lebanon any help for years because it wants a civil war” in the country.
He also rejected calls for the resignation of the Lebanese information minister, saying that Kordahi’s comments were “calm and objective”.
The leader of the Hezbollah resistance movement also said that Saudi Arabia has fabricated a crisis with Lebanon over comments made by the Lebanese information minister over the Saudi war on Yemen.
Nasrallah said Riyadh’s exaggerated reaction to Kordahi’s comments was an excuse to open a front against the resistance movement.
“Saudi Arabia’s reaction to Kordahi’s statements is very, very, very exaggerated,” he said, adding, “There are American officials and Arab diplomats who described the war on Yemen in harsher terms than Kordahi’s statement.”
Elsewhere in his remarks, Nasrallah pointed to the Saudi aggression on Yemen’s central province of Marib, saying, “We have accepted the Saudi sanctions against us for years because of our position on the war on Yemen.”
The Hezbollah chief added, “Saudi Arabia’s main issue is with Yemen, specifically in Marib, and the results of the war, which has failed completely.”
He noted that the row with Lebanon was Saudi Arabia’s response to gains by Yemeni forces against Saudi-backed forces in Marib, but the pressure would not work and the city’s eventual fall would have “very big” consequences.
Addressing Saudi Arabia, Nasrallah said, “If you want to stop the war, the only way to do that is to accept the cease-fire and lift the siege”.
Saudi Arabia, backed by the US and regional allies, launched the war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, back to power and crushing the popular Ansarullah movement, which had overthrown the previous Saudi-backed Yemeni government.