Nasrallah Urges Calm, Says Hariri's Resignation 'Imposed' by Saudi

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Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Sunday that the previous day's shock resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri had been "imposed" by Saudi Arabia, urging calm in Lebanon at all levels.

"It is clear that the resignation was a Saudi decision that was imposed on Prime Minister Hariri. It was not his intention, not his wish and not his decision," Nasrallah said in a televised address.

Nasrallah accused Saudi Arabia of drafting Hariri's resignation letter and forcing him to read it on Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya TV. He even asked whether Hariri is being held against his will, referring to a purge of princes, ministers and businessmen in Saudi Arabia in an anti-corruption operation.

“The speech that Hariri recited was written by a Saudi figure and it was not Hariri's usual rhetoric,” Nasrallah noted.

“Why was not Hariri allowed to return to Lebanon to announce the resignation from here and not from Saudi Arabia?” he asked.

“We were not hoping for this resignation and things were moving forward in a reasonable manner... We made a lot of achievements in the government and the government possessed the ability to survive until the upcoming parliamentary elections,” Nasrallah added.

Turning to the wording of Hariri's resignation statement, Nasrallah said: “We will not comment on the content despite the statement's very harsh and dangerous language, because we believe that this text is a purely Saudi text.”

Nasrallah also urged calm in connection with the fears that were sparked by Hariri's surprising resignation.

“Everyone was surprised by the resignation, even al-Mustaqbal Movement's leadership, and this resignation has undoubtedly created an atmosphere of tension in Lebanon, especially with the threats and analyses that accompanied it,” Hizbullah's chief added.

Hizbullah is “keen on Lebanon's security and civil peace” and “we call for calm,” he said.

He noted that his meeting with the leaders of the Hizbullah-affiliated Resistance Brigades on Saturday had been scheduled prior to Hariri's resignation in order to mark 20 years since the foundation of the Brigades.

“It had nothing to do with any development,” Nasrallah reassured.

“We call for avoiding political escalation... seeing as escalation against us will not achieve anything but will rather reflect negatively on the country,” he said.

“We call for avoiding a return to the previous tensions or to any street protests,” Nasrallah urged.

Hizbullah's chief also downplayed the possibility of an external military attack on his group, dismissing rumors that were circulated following Hariri's resignation.

“Israel does not work in the service of Saudi Arabia and an Israeli aggression would hinge on Israeli calculations... All Israelis have unanimously agreed since the July War that Israel will only go to war with Lebanon if the cost is low and victory is guaranteed,” Nasrallah said.

“The resignation of our government has nothing to do with Israel's calculations,” he noted.

Hariri announced his surprise resignation Saturday in a broadcast from the Saudi capital.

He cited the "grip" of Hizbullah ally Iran on the country, and also said he feared for his life.

Hariri, a two-time premier whose father Rafik held the same position for years and was assassinated in 2005, accused both Iran and Hizbullah of seeking hegemony in the region.

The resignation sparked fears that Lebanon -- split into rivals camps led by Hariri and Hizbullah -- could once again descend into violence.

Riyadh considers Hizbullah, a close ally of Saudi regional rival Iran, to be a "terrorist" organization.

The two regional powers' tussle for influence has also played out in ongoing conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Yemen.

It remains unclear who will succeed Hariri as prime minister in Lebanon.

Timeline
  • 05 November 2017, 18:34

    Nasrallah: We call for avoiding a return to the previous tensions or to any street protests.

  • 05 November 2017, 18:32

    Nasrallah: We call for avoiding political escalation... seeing as escalation against us will not achieve anything but will rather reflect negatively on the country.

  • 05 November 2017, 18:28

    Nasrallah: My meeting with the Resistance Brigades yesterday had been scheduled prior to Hariri's resignation in order to mark 20 years since the foundation of the Brigades... and it had nothing to do with any development.

  • 05 November 2017, 18:23

    Nasrallah: Hizbullah is keen on Lebanon's security and civil peace and we call for calm.

  • 05 November 2017, 18:19

    Nasrallah on wording of Hariri's resignation statement: We will not comment on the content despite the statement's very harsh and dangerous language, because we believe that this text is a purely Saudi text.

  • 05 November 2017, 18:16

    Nasrallah: We were not hoping for this resignation and things were moving forward in a reasonable manner... We made a lot of achievements in the government and the government possessed the ability to survive until the upcoming parliamentary elections.

  • 05 November 2017, 18:13

    Nasrallah: Everyone was surprised by the resignation, even al-Mustaqbal Movement's leadership, and this resignation has undoubtedly created an atmosphere of tension in Lebanon, especially with the threats and analyses that accompanied it.

  • 05 November 2017, 18:09

    Nasrallah: Why was not Hariri allowed to return to Lebanon to announce the resignation from here and not from Saudi Arabia?

  • 05 November 2017, 18:08

    Nasrallah: The speech that Hariri recited was written by a Saudi figure and it was not Hariri's usual rhetoric.

  • 05 November 2017, 18:07

    Nasrallah: The resignation was a Saudi decision and Hariri was forced to resign.

  • 05 November 2017, 18:06

    Nasrallah: Hariri told ministers that Saudi Arabia promised to offer a lot of aid in addition to assistance to the army, and he was upbeat and relieved.

  • 05 November 2017, 18:04

    Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah in televised address on PM Hariri's resignation and the developments: Hariri told ministers that Saudi Arabia supports stability and security in Lebanon and the presence of the government.

Comments 35
Thumb beiruti 05 November 2017, 18:27

An Waleed bin Taleel was arrested today in KSA. Seems there’s an new sheriff in town with the crown prince. He and Trump seem intent on going after Hezbollah and got Sheikh Saad out of the way to save his life. Maybe KSA and Israel will team up, is that possible under the rule that the enemy of my enemy is my friend?? KSA and Israel can make common cause over their mutual hatred of Hezbollah and a guy like Trump could bless that with a green light.
The result of course would be a deadly war, Lebanon torn up, again, and Hezbollah not eliminated.
The solution to Hezbollah’s presence in Lebanon is political, not by force of arms.

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 05 November 2017, 18:52

"The solution to Hezbollah’s presence in Lebanon is political, not by force of arms."

Hezbollah needs to be destroyed militarily. It is the only way to contain and eliminate this iranian cancer and ideology.

Thumb _mowaten_ 08 November 2017, 20:35

"Hezbollah needs to be destroyed militarily"

waiting for you, israelis, takfiris, wahhabis... it's all the same

Thumb kanaandian 05 November 2017, 18:35

Lebanon would be a better place without Nasrallah, he very much belongs in Iran, Israel or Palestine. Just gtfu out Lebanon!

Thumb joebustani 05 November 2017, 18:42

bless anyone person, entity, organization, brigade or country that inflicts extreme pain and unbearable suffering, death, torture, and destruction upon the iranian sectarian terrorist militia and its members, sponsors, supporters or followers wherever they may be.

Thumb s.o.s 05 November 2017, 18:47

it's happening Joe, it's happening!

Thumb galaxy 05 November 2017, 18:54

Did the iranian terrorist have to make a televised appearance? Wouldn't a statement have been enough to comment on Hariri's resignation?

Thumb s.o.s 05 November 2017, 19:04

yes he does, but you'll need a magnifying glass to spot it :p it's often mistaken for a hair.

Thumb tric.portugal 05 November 2017, 19:06

now...everybody are waitting for what the al-Mustaqbal gonna do ? wait...

Thumb tric.portugal 05 November 2017, 20:32

wait...wait...al-Mustaqbal still waitting for the orders of the Saudi King...

Thumb s.o.s 05 November 2017, 20:47

Tric.portugal is also blablablabla

Thumb tric.portugal 05 November 2017, 20:52

my friend i´m what iu want...but what Hariri do is an act of terrorism!!!

Thumb s.o.s 05 November 2017, 21:05

lol L M N tal, the mite shot himself in the foot.

Thumb shab 05 November 2017, 19:13

Filthy murdering militia

Thumb Mystic 05 November 2017, 19:22

You pretend to be sunni, when you are in reality Israeli.

Thumb Mystic 05 November 2017, 19:28

We all know what you zionist scum wants texas, Netanyahu even hailed the move by Saudi Arabia to remove Hariri from his post.

They want a sunni/shia conflict in Lebanon, that is what Israel wants indeed.
Only reason they removed Hariri, so the sunni feels oppressed with no one to represent them.

Thumb ex-fpm 05 November 2017, 19:29

yeah gigahabib; God Forbid there exists one Christian who is against your filthy terror militia.

Thumb janoubi 05 November 2017, 19:49

according to the irani calling itself gigahabib Christians are like : tric.portugal, flamethrower/roar and incorruptible.

Thumb ex-fpm 05 November 2017, 19:30

had he resigned in Dahieh would that have made a difference?

Thumb janoubi 05 November 2017, 19:35

" Netanyahu even hailed the move by Saudi Arabia to remove Hariri from his post."

Show us ya irani where Netanyahu "hailed the move"!!!!

what Netanyahu said was this:

Netanyahu Says Hariri's Resignation a 'Wake-Up Call to Int'l Community'

http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/237774-netanyahu-says-hariri-s-resignation-a-wake-up-call-to-int-l-community

Thumb i.report 05 November 2017, 19:57

I read you everyday but often opt not to post, just like The_Roar I lurk.

I just want to say hallo guys, and encouraging you in your fight against terror caused by the Iranian weapons hegemony over Lebanon.

Keep fighting, stand up against the oppressors whatever the cost, Lebanon needs You!

Thumb i.report 05 November 2017, 20:03

Dear Exotic Shia Chic, do you know if Moeten the ‎C4H4AsH is ((Mg,Fe)7Si8(OH)22) ?

Thumb i.report 05 November 2017, 20:17

Could Saad el Hariri in Saudi Arabia be the new Charles De Gaulle in London against the French and Nazi Vichy Gouvernement?

We all know that Michel Aoun is a collaborator and that today's SS/axis of Evil is Hezbollah/Iran/North Korea

Thumb Elemental 05 November 2017, 20:18

Nothing but manipulation on a gullible public.

Thumb Elemental 05 November 2017, 20:26

Gigatakia which Christian name did you Hijack? You're one of the last to speak about Christians. No real one would support either of you, what a manipulative group you're part of.

Thumb eagledawn 05 November 2017, 21:20

Lol, comes from the guy who feels the need to include the word "Salafists" in every single comment.
Every. Single. Comment.

Thumb s.o.s 05 November 2017, 21:21

Best terrorist ever! ;)

Thumb tric.portugal 05 November 2017, 21:38

the best is USA...supported the extremination of Cristhians

Thumb tric.portugal 05 November 2017, 21:40

via Israel...with the smile agreement of the whaabis Salaphists

Thumb Elemental 05 November 2017, 22:32

Movaten, that must be some high grade hash you're using. Correction: Obama supported the extermination of "Cristhians". Get it right fraud.

Thumb no.comment 05 November 2017, 23:19

As always everyone in Lebanon is loyal to, paid by and gets their orders from away except Hezbollah..

https://vid.me/zcmnp
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWjgln7EBU0
https://vid.me/LKVyi
https://vid.me/7DTf5

..in the Bizarro world

Thumb Elemental 06 November 2017, 00:11

I see the fake account brigade are being babies.

Thumb Elemental 06 November 2017, 00:30

another baby^

Thumb s.o.s 06 November 2017, 00:45

Mowaten/Flamethrower/TheResistance4.0 and other 663 aliases, you're boring, pathetic, and so so childish.
You need a real job, do you want me to get in touch with Mustaqbal in order to get you a wasta for a job? But you'll need to grow, because nobody hires immature people.

Thumb justice 06 November 2017, 13:14

add gigahabb/incorruptible to the list of aliases he has.