Suleiman: We Musn't Ruin Ties with Saudi Arabia by Making Baseless Accusations against itإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
President Michel Suleiman slammed on Wednesday the criticism directed against Saudi Arabia by some officials in Lebanon, rejecting meddling in the affairs of other countries.
He said: “We should not ruin Lebanon's relations with Saudi Arabia by making baseless accusations against it.”
He made his remark during the opening of a conference entitled, “Dialogue: Truth and Democracy,” held in Jbeil.
“Historic ties with a country such as Saudi Arabia should not be ruined through these accusations, especially when it comes to Syria,” declared the president in reference to statements made by Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and other March 8 camp officials.
“Our enemy is making victory after victory while we are embroiled in our own disputes,” he lamented.
Suleiman therefore demanded that the purpose of arms in Lebanon and the meaning of martyrdom be defined.
“The stability of countries rests on the national contract that its people abide by,” he continued.
He also stressed the importance of honest dialogue in Lebanon that would help assert Lebanon's sovereignty and its ties with other countries.
“The Lebanese people should build a society based on dialogue,” he stated.
Nasrallah on Tuesday accused Saudi Arabia of being behind the deadly bombings that targeted the Iranian embassy in southern Beirut on November 19.
“We believe the statement in which the Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack on the Iranian embassy, because it is a well-known group and its emir is Saudi and it is linked to the Saudi intelligence,” Nasrallah explained.
He elaborated: “The Iranian embassy bombing has to do with targeting Iran by those who consider it to be an enemy since 1979 and by those who teach at their institutes that it is an enemy.”
“The bombing has to do with the Saudi anger against Iran in the region,” he added.