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Hezbollah S-G: Saudi king spreading Islamist ideology

Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah's statement is his reaction to Saudi Arabian King Salman's speech calling for an end to the 'terrorist control' of Lebanon

In a clash of interests within the Islamic world, the secretary-general of Hezbollah, the Lebanese terrorist group, has slammed Saudi Arabia‘s King Salman, alleging that Riyadh is helping spread Islamism (not Islam) around the world.

Hassan Nasrallah accused the Saudis also of taking “hostage” the thousands of Lebanese who work in the oil-rich Persian Gulf region.

“The terrorist is the one who takes hundreds or tens of thousands of Lebanese hostage and threatens the Lebanese state to expel them,” Nasrallah said at a rally marking the second anniversary of the assassination of senior Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad.

“Your highness the king, the terrorist is the one who exported the ideology of Wahhabism and Daesh to the world and that is you,” said the Hezbollah leader, referring to the ISIS by its Arabic acronym of Daesh.

Nasrallah criticised Saudi Arabia also for sending suicide bombers to Syria and Iraq, as well as being responsible for the war in Yemen.

The Hezbollah deplored the Sunni kingdom also for its close ties with the United States and for the military campaign it is leading in Yemen.

Statements by the Hezbollah secretary-general during the speech in Beirut came in response to comments from King Salman, who had called on the Lebanese in a speech last week “to end the terrorist Hezbollah’s control” of Lebanon.

The comments coincided with the Lebanese authorities’ attempt to re-establish relations with Saudi Arabia in October when the kingdom had recalled its ambassador from Beirut and banned all Lebanese imports, following comments by a Lebanese minister in a television that the war in Yemen was futile and called it “aggression by the Saudi-led coalition.”

Meanwhile, critics in Lebanon are criticising the Iran-backed outfit for damaging ties between the cash-strapped country and Saudi Arabia.

“We didn’t attack Saudi Arabia. They were involved in the greater conspiracy that was destroying the region,” the Hezbollah leader said.

Following the speech, Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s office said in a statement that Nasrallah’s comments did not reflect the government’s position and a broad segment of the population. It said the government was committed to dissociating from conflicts, and urged all political forces to cooperate to get the country out of its economic crisis.

“While we call for Hezbollah to be part of Lebanon’s diverse affiliation, its leadership is in opposition to this trend with positions that first harm the Lebanese and secondly Lebanon’s relations with its brothers,” the statement read. “For God’s sake, have mercy on Lebanon and the Lebanese, and stop the hateful political and sectarian charge.”

At the start of December 2021, Lebanon’s Information Minister George Kordahi, who made the comments before taking office, resigned from his post, but the move did not ease strained relations.

Yemen’s conflict began in 2014 with the capture of the Sana’a by the Iranian-backed rebels, who control much of the north of the country.

The Saudi-led coalition went to war the following year, determined to re-establish the internationally recognized government and oust the rebels.

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