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Hariri Says Iran Actions Stimulated Saudi Intervention in Yemen as Jumblat Expresses Grave Concern

Mustaqbal Movment chief and Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri praised on Thursday the “wise and courageous decision” taken by Saudi King Salman to intervene militarily in Yemen as Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat feared that it would affect the interest of Lebanese in the Gulf.

“The Iranian interference in Sanaa compelled an Arab reaction,” Hariri said in comments to the al-Arabiya Arabic language television station.

He expressed belief that the Yemeni people will “agree on the Arab military intervention against the Huthi” rebels.

Saudi Arabia announced on Thursday at dawn that it was leading a military offensive in Yemen after the Shiite rebels moved on Yemeni embattled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi's last refuge in the southern city of Aden.

Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE, Egypt, Jordan and several other countries "expressed desire to participate in the operation" against the rebels, which the kingdom dubbed "Firmness Storm".

For his part, Jumblat expressed grave concern over the developments in the region, considering that they are “advancing in an alarming manner.”

He called for dialogue “before it's too late” in order to reach a balanced solution, stressing that Lebanon “and above all circumstances supports Saudi Arabia as the developments in Yemen threaten it national security and the interests of the Lebanese, who have been working for decades in the Gulf.”

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