Aoun: Iran Ties Won't Impact Saudi Relations

W460

Lebanese President Michel Aoun said after a visit to Saudi Arabia that his country's close ties to the kingdom's archrival Iran should not impede relations with the wider Arab world.

"We have normal relations with Iran," which "shouldn't be a barrier in the face of normal relations with the Arab world," Aoun said in remarks published by the pan-Arab and Saudi-run Asharq al-Awsat newspaper on Wednesday.

Iran is a longtime supporter of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, which represents much of Lebanon's Shiite community and has a military capability rivaling that of the army and police. Aoun, whose Christian party is allied with Hezbollah, said Iran's support for the group "could continue indefinitely."

Saudi Arabia halted a $3 billion arms deal with Lebanon in February and banned Saudis and other Gulf nationals from traveling there after what the Saudis described as Beirut's failure to condemn attacks on Saudi missions in Iran by demonstrators angered by the kingdom's execution of a prominent Shiite cleric. Weeks later, Lebanon abstained from an Arab League vote branding Hezbollah a terrorist organization. Hezbollah is fighting alongside President Bashar Assad's forces in Syria, while Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries support the rebels.

Aoun said he discussed the arms deal with Saudi officials, without elaborating. He said "the decision about the return of the tourists has been taken," which means a "return to normal relations."

Aoun flew from Saudi Arabia to Qatar on Wednesday, said QNA, the official Qatari news agency.

Aoun was elected in October after a 29-month vacuum in the country's top post. Lebanon's political factions are deeply divided, with some, like Aoun's party and Hezbollah, aligning with Iran, and their opponents siding with Saudi Arabia.

In December, the parliament approved a national unity government headed by Lebanon's top Saudi ally, Saad Hariri. He endorsed Aoun, ending the deadlock.

Comments 27
Thumb lubnani.masi7i 11 January 2017, 13:23

Aoun added Iran's support to Hizbullah "could continue indefinitely."

great statement by the hezbollah forced president and shows his real understanding of sovereignty.

Thumb justin 11 January 2017, 17:17

actually it is very sad and as we all know with aoun's election as president, Lebanon has officially become an iranian state.

Thumb liberty 12 January 2017, 06:17

yes you should taste how delicious it is without the 'hurt':)

Thumb justin 12 January 2017, 07:18

lol @liberty:) I make him do that 10 times per day.

Thumb Southern...... 11 January 2017, 13:54

Aoun is the president!

Thumb barrymore 11 January 2017, 14:18

yes he is and has been for the last couple of months. Did you just wake up or were you in a coma?

Thumb Southern...... 11 January 2017, 16:23

this is only a reminder to you and your likes.... who claimed that Aoun would never be president and if so he wouldn't rise to the challenge!

wake-up if you can!

Thumb Southern...... 11 January 2017, 16:23

this is only a reminder to you and your likes.... who claimed that Aoun would never be president and if so he wouldn't rise to the challenge!

wake-up if you can!

Thumb Southern...... 11 January 2017, 16:30

xasusa

those 2 proverbs apply to you:

➀ a thief believes that everybody is like him, a thief

➁ when a fool takes a road, the road ends but the fool continues.

Thumb shab 11 January 2017, 17:35

loool @ "default mode"

Thumb galaxy 11 January 2017, 13:56

when are you going to congratulate Hariri as you promised? :)

Thumb Mystic 11 January 2017, 16:44

Is Rifi still crying since he failed to get the Prime Minister post?

Thumb ashtah 11 January 2017, 16:47

ya irani, answer his question!

Thumb eagledawn 11 January 2017, 17:09

"Southern......
why the rush! he isn't the PM yet, he has to form the national unity govt.. once all ministers are appointed and the final statement drawn up, be sure of it."

Still waiting for the takiah liar to deliver on his promise;)

Thumb justin 11 January 2017, 17:13

lol@eagledawn:)

I remember poor southern saying that, hehe!

Thumb liberty 12 January 2017, 04:39

the shia troll deep sectarian hatred prevents him from congratulating hariri. These heretics sole purpose in life is to kill sunnis and avenge their hussain.

Thumb theresistance4.0 11 January 2017, 16:55

Poor Texy first the UN Tribunal would be the end of the Hezb, Then Israel was suppose to be the end of the Hezb, then Bashar is end would be in a couple months, then Syria would be the end of Hezb, then Aoun would never be President...Please O great oracle what is next?!! Lmaoooo more popcorn plzzzzz

Thumb theresistance4.0 11 January 2017, 16:56

Poor Texy first the UN Tribunal would be the end of the Hezb, Then Israel was suppose to be the end of the Hezb, then Bashar is end would be in a couple months, then Syria would be the end of Hezb, then Aoun would never be President...Please O great oracle what is next?!! Lmaoooo more popcorn plzzzzz

Thumb Mystic 11 January 2017, 17:01

He is the greatest oracle to have ever lived on Naharnet everything he writes is true, he is a real expert world analyzer.

Thumb justin 11 January 2017, 17:37

lol @coitus interruptus :)

Thumb eagledawn 11 January 2017, 18:03

“Irony is wasted on @flametroller" - Oscar Wilde

Thumb justin 11 January 2017, 17:33

you mean like this one

13:02سقوط عنصر من "حزب الله" يدعى وسام عبد برجي أصيب في سوريا منذ مدة وهو من بلدة مركبا الجنوبية.

Thumb shab 11 January 2017, 17:37

loool

Thumb marcus 11 January 2017, 17:51

hehe!

Thumb marcus 11 January 2017, 19:27

keep trolling shia troll, keep trolling; that's all what u r good at.

Thumb eagledawn 11 January 2017, 20:19

why so ruffled, bro?

Thumb shab 11 January 2017, 23:20

1anonymetexasusa - amazing how you always manage to nail them time after time