Hezbollah Secretary-General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah has accused Saudi Arabia of sabotaging a political solution to the crisis in Syria.
Nasrallah said during a speech on Monday in the Lebanese capital city of Beirut that “there is no military solution” to Syria conflict.
He described the political solution as the “acceptable” one, which could be attained through dialogue.
Nasrallah further said Saudi Arabia is “very angry” as the developments in Syria “did not go according to its wishes,” adding, “We cannot continue to have the region ignited in flames because one country is angry… [and] is behaving in a different manner.”
He went on to say that Riyadh is seeking to prevent any national dialogue in Syria and accused the country of “striving to delay” Geneva 2 peace talks.
The planned peace conference was proposed by Russia and the US on May 7. The date of the long-delayed event has changed many times as Syria’s foreign-backed opposition coalition remains divided over participating in the meeting.
On Sunday, more than twenty foreign-backed militant groups fighting against the Syrian government rejected the conference.
“We announce that the Geneva 2 conference is not, nor will it ever be our people’s choice,” the groups said in a statement read out by the Suqour al-Sham (Falcons of the Levant) Brigade chief, Ahmed Eissa al-Sheikh, in a video posted online.
The militant groups also warned that anyone who attends the Geneva 2 peace talks would be committing “treason, and … would have to answer for it before our courts.”
Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. Reports indicate that the Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey — are supporting the militants operating inside the country.
According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced in the violence.