Lebanese public figures reject recent Hezbollah statements

BEIRUT — After statements made by Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah which negatively affected Lebanon’s security and diplomatic relations with regional and Arab countries, Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati repudiated Hezbollah’s statements.

Mikati stressed that what Nasrallah said against Saudi Arabia neither represents the Lebanese government nor the vast majority of the Lebanese people, pointing out that offending any Gulf state is not in Lebanon’s interest.

“We have long called for adopting a policy of dissociation from Arab disputes and called against harming Lebanon’s ties with the Arab countries, especially Saudi Arabia,” said Mikati. “We have urged Hezbollah to become part of the Lebanese diversity but its leadership goes against this approach through statements that primarily harm the Lebanese people.”

Being one of the biggest opponents of Hezbollah’s presence and policies in Lebanon, the Universal Syriac Union Party in Lebanon (USUP) stressed the need to disrupt Hezbollah’s malicious policies.

USUP President Ibrahim Mrad described Hezbollah as a terrorist organization who occupies Lebanon with Iranian weapons and money.

“Hezbollah are criminals and drug exporters who hold hostage the entire Lebanese people,” said Mrad. “Hezbollah talks about morality and democracy, while pursuing traitorous actions.”

“We, the history, the present, and the future will keep monitoring Hezbollah,” Mrad concluded.