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Washington Criticizes Nasrallah Meeting with Huthis

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley criticized a meeting held between Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and a delegation from Yemen's Houthi rebels on August 19.

“This meeting between Hizbullah and Houthi leadership shows the nature of the regional terrorist threat,” Haley on Twitter.

“Iranian proxies in Lebanon and Yemen pose major dangers to peace and stability in the entire Middle East. The international community should be taking notice of this and be very concerned,” she added.

Hizbullah said on Sunday that its leader has met with a delegation headed by Houthi spokesman Mohamad Abdelsalam to discuss the latest developments in Yemen's civil war.

UAE State Minister for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash has warned in a tweet Sunday of the “consequences” after Nasrallah’s meeting.

“How can the dissociation policy – which Lebanon needs for its political and economic balance and Arab and international position – correspond to Hassan Nasrallah's hosting of a delegation from the Huthi insurgents? This is a question which we call on Lebanon to deal with,” Gargash had said.

US and Gulf states accuse Hizbullah of training and supporting the Iran-backed Shiite Huthi rebels, who are at war with a Saudi-led coalition allied with Yemen's internationally recognized government.

Hizbullah, which is also an Iran-allied Shiite group, says the Huthis are fighting a war against Saudi and American imperialism.

Iran supports the Huthis but denies arming them. Saudi Arabia and Iran are bitter regional rivals.

Source: Naharnet, Associated Press


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