Hizbullah deputy chief Sheikh Naim Qassem on Wednesday stressed that “it was Saudi Arabia that started the problem with Lebanon” and not the other way around, amid an unprecedented diplomatic crisis with Riyadh and other Gulf capitals.
“We don’t demand anything from it other than stopping its interference in our domestic affairs,” Qassem added.
Turning to the issue of the Tayyouneh-Ain al-Remmaneh incidents, Qassem said Hizbullah and Amal Movement “spared the country a descent into the unknown through dealing wisely with the massacre that the Lebanese Forces committed.” He also called for “a fair, upright and transparent judiciary not affected by all pressures from here or there.”
As for the parliamentary elections, Hizbullah number two said “some in Lebanon have recently woken up to aim at Hizbullah in order to gain some money ahead of the parliamentary elections.”
“But this will not be of use to him,” Qassem added, apparently referring to Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat and his latest remarks.
He added: “Hizbullah supports holding the electoral juncture on time and we will accept the people’s word and choice.” He meanwhile criticized “those receiving money from the U.S. embassy to employ it in the elections.”