Saniora Rejects Nasrallah's Claims against Saudi Arabia: We're Accustomed to such Baseless Accusations

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Head of the Mustaqbal bloc MP Fouad Saniora rejected on Tuesday Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah's claims that Saudi Arabia was behind the recent bombings near the Iranian embassy in Beirut.

He said: “We have grown accustomed to officials in Lebanon making baseless accusations.”

“Everyone in Lebanon says whatever they want,” he remarked after holding talks at the head of a Mustaqbal delegation with Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Beirut Elias Audeh.

“President Michel Suleiman made the best remarks over this issue” when he urged against ruining ties with the kingdom, continued Saniora.

“Throughout the years, Saudi Arabia had long sought to support Lebanon,” he stressed.

Nasrallah accused last week Saudi Arabia of being behind the November 19 Iranian embassy twin bombings.

An al-Qaida-affiliated group, the Abduallah Azzam Brigades, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was aimed at pressuring Iran ally Hizbullah to withdraw its fighters from Syria.

Nasrallah said that Saudi intelligence backs the Brigades.

For his part, Suleiman indirectly rejected the Hizbullah chief's claim, saying: “Lebanon should not ruin its ties with Saudi Arabia through making baseless accusations against it.”

Commenting on the recent developments in Syria, Saniora rejected the April kidnapping of two bishops and last week's abduction of nuns in the town of Maalula.

“We reject any action that harms the sanctity of holy sites,” he added.

He demanded that all efforts be exerted to pressure the criminals to release the captives.

“The kidnappings do not serve the Syrian cause, they will not end the authoritarian rule, or the violence in the country,” he stated.

Jihadists had abducted 13 nuns and three civilians last week from Maalula.

Some of the nuns appeared in a video messages aired by al-Jazeera television on Friday, claiming that they were doing well.

Bishops Youhanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yazigi were kidnapped by armed men in Aleppo at the end of April.

Later on Tuesday, the Mustaqbal bloc reiterated Saniora's statements, while demanding the formation of a new government “as soon as possible.”

“We urge Suleiman and Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam to form a new government immediately because the delay is causing great harm to Lebanon,” it said after its weekly meeting.

“Forming a government devoid of party officials is the first step towards improving the situation in the country,” it stressed.

It also condemned the assassination of Hizbullah official Hassan al-Laqqis last week, urging the need to launch an honest investigation in the crime that will verify whether Israel was behind it.

Furthermore, it praised Hizbullah's al-Manar television for apologizing to Bahrain over its coverage of the political developments in the Gulf state.

It hope that the “party would offer a similar apology to the Lebanese people for all the harm it has caused them over the years.”

Al-Manar television director general Abdullah Qassir confirmed that the Hizbullah-owned TV network has apologized to Bahrain over its coverage of the Shiite-led protests in the Gulf kingdom, LBCI and al-Jadeed televisions reported on Sunday.

Shiite-majority Bahrain has blacklisted Hizbullah and banned Bahraini opposition groups from having contact with the Lebanese party over allegations it was interfering in the kingdom's internal affairs.

The opposition, which is battling for democratization, insists that its political agenda is Bahraini and not linked to Iran or other Shiite sides.

Hizbullah and its media outlets had voiced strong support for the protest movement in Bahrain and criticized the heavy-handed crackdown on the Arab Spring-inspired demonstrations.

Comments 24
Thumb cedars2 10 December 2013, 19:03

Damn terrorists!!!
resistance check this out more terrorists:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lebanon_hostage_crisis

Thumb Mystic 10 December 2013, 19:58

Fouad Saniora is the worst corrupted politician ever seen, just like he praised the Israeli attacks in 2006. I knew he always were a crook

Missing peace 11 December 2013, 10:09

"just like he praised the Israeli attacks in 2006"

any video to back your BS? no?

Thumb _mowaten_ 11 December 2013, 10:14

gotta love the way sanioura says "we" when he speaks of saudis. says it all <--- this was censored. tell me again naharnet, how you dont censor on basis on opinions.

Missing bigjohn 10 December 2013, 20:01

"An al-Qaida-affiliated group, the Abduallah Azzam Brigades"....That is a lie. Al Qaeda NEVER claimed that this organization is loyal to them. They have many times called the ISIS and Al Nusra are loyal to them. There are MANY Takfiri groups who are funded and loyal to KSA.

Missing bigjohn 10 December 2013, 20:13

The KSA and other HATED Gulf dictators were HORRIFIED when their close allies the dictators of Tunisia and Egypt were overthrown and were even more horrified when the west immediately supported their overthrow (after they were gone, off course). This proved that the West are not committed enough to keep them in power.

The KSA is hated by their people for being a puppet of Zionist America who would not use their wealth and influence to resist Israeli aggression. Also, they are hated for the extreme inequality and lack of any freedom or democracy. What the KSA have done since the Arab "spring" is to spend tens of billions of dollars to hijack it and turn it into a Sunni/Shiite conflict and an Arab/Arab (like in Libya, Egypt, Yemen, etc) conflict .

Missing bigjohn 10 December 2013, 20:23

This ONLY works in the short term. Iran is not a REAL threat to their regime. Iran IS NOT going to invade the KSA and install a government. This is a BIG DIVERSION for the Royal family to cover their treacherous alliance with ENEMIES of the Arab cause and keep their people concentrated on the "Iranian and Shiite threat". There is a big cost for this strategy. The Saudi people are NOT fooled. Just like the Shah of Iran was overthrown, the KSA WILL be overthrown no matter what they do. Then, just think what will happen to M14 in Lebanon?

Thumb cedars2 10 December 2013, 21:45

Damn bigjohn youre right those damn dictators, they should look up to democracies like iran and syria right?

Missing bigjohn 11 December 2013, 03:05

I NEVER called Iran and Syria "democracies". Neither is countries like the US who is controlled by the richest 1%.

Thumb zahle1 10 December 2013, 20:17

We all know Saudi supports these things happening to Christian or Shiite places of worship. They do not allow a church on their land. Iran even allows this and most Assyrians lived their in "relative" peace. Again, I am aware of this US pastor held their, but do not know details. The Saudi pay the Brotherhood in Egypt money to kidnap, rape and force conversions of Coptic women. These are all facts. Saudi does not care about nuns and priests, they would prefer to rid Christians from the Middle East. If they don't want them in Saudi, they have no respect for them anyways. We all know it was not Israel but Syrian intelligence or their proxies that killed Hariri, and other pro M14 figures. And we know Saudi and or their proxies in the levant are responsible for attacks on Shiite and Christian clergy.

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 10 December 2013, 20:51

If you are going to throw accusations at KSA. Some of which IS warranted. At least check your facts. KSA was always against the Muslim brotherhood in Egypt and never gave them a dime. It was Qatar that gave the MB the loot. And the KSA, Kuwait and the UAE were quick to give the govt that overthrew the MB billions in aid. So I suggest you actually check facts before blurting it out. Just an idea.

Missing bigjohn 10 December 2013, 21:20

Arzak..When the MB were elected, KSA did pledged billions to the regime. You can verify that by many sources and the KSA never denied it. You are right at the end when Qatar continued to support the MB, but the other GCC supported the military coup.

Thumb cedre 10 December 2013, 21:35

'The Saudi pay the Brotherhood in Egypt money to kidnap, rape and force conversions of Coptic women. These are all facts.'

If there are facts, it will be easy for u to prove/document them.
Please do it.

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 10 December 2013, 21:46

back it up big john... every article i have read states that KSA encouraged the military to overthrow the MB... the MB is the worst thing for the Saudi kings... so if you have any article to prove what you say then please.. i am all ears, well in this case eyes... if you dont.. i suggest you stop spreading false information. there is lots of other things you can criticize them for...

Thumb zahle1 11 December 2013, 02:34

Cedre, they are facts. Read about it. The Christians in Egypt have had it horrible for many years now. You never used to see these guys with the long beards, these Salafi in Alexandria, and women in all black at the rate you see today. My wife is from there, and I do a lot of charity work for the Copts and have been there hand in hand. Despite from spending years there, you can read up on it yourself. There is a large starving poor, extremist population there that is growing and its well known they have been on the take with KSA money to commit these crimes.

Thumb zahle1 11 December 2013, 02:37

This is like denying the crimes being committed to Churches in Syria. This is like denying the Syrian and Israeli occupation of Lebanon. These things all happened.

Missing bigjohn 11 December 2013, 03:10

Arzak...you are absolutely right. The KSA DID encourage the military to overthrow them because they showed they can be a threat to them. I am talking about a year earlier when the MB was elected. The KSA has a history of TRYING to buy friends, and if they see them a possible threat...they turn against them.

Default-user-icon Abu Qahafa (Guest) 10 December 2013, 21:23

Whether you are saniora or knafit jubn you remain the staunch defender of your pay master. You are a hireling devoid of any loyalty to your country

Thumb cedre 10 December 2013, 21:36

How do u know he does mean we politicians, lebanese ?
Or maybe it was a joke i didn't get ?

Missing bigjohn 11 December 2013, 03:12

I think you are both right.

Missing --karim_m3-- 10 December 2013, 21:57

"“Throughout the years, Saudi Arabia had long sought to support Lebanon,” he stressed."

Yes, support it with terrorism.

Thumb cedre 10 December 2013, 22:14

is this guy related to u ?
https://twitter.com/Syria_homs1/status/410008828970029056/photo/1

Default-user-icon full_disclosure (Guest) 10 December 2013, 22:02

Hahahah this guy is deluded. Please dont lie to your own people, puppet.

Default-user-icon Ferganzo Alkafinush (Guest) 11 December 2013, 01:38

Baseless such as... well... umm... duh... the four innocent generals assassinated Rafic Syria? Oops! Emile Lahoud, Imad Marmal, the Qandil brothers and Wiam Wahab were involved in the assassination of Rafic Syria? Oh, it's the Syrian regime, until... well... umm... duh... sweet dream cheikh Saad al-Haribi Telteyn al-Marajil? No? Oh, it's Hizbullah alright. As to those who robbed the coffers of upwards to 60 billion dollars, well... umm... duh... it was the jailed and exiled Christians, for sure. Baseless, alright, Fouad l'Israelien Saniora.