Jumblat Rejects Nasrallah's Bahrain Stands: Lebanese Immigrants in Gulf Must be Taken into Account

Progressive Socialist Party chief MP Walid Jumblat rejected on Friday Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah's stands regarding Bahrain, saying that “hundreds of thousands of Lebanese immigrants live in the gulf,” and these remarks are not in their “benefit”.

In a statement issued by Jumblat's media office, he stated “on January 9, political stands were taken comparing Bahrain and its role to Israel and the Zionists who have been the historic enemies of the Arabs for decades. We must object these stands.”

On January 9, Nasrallah alleged the presence of a “Zionist-like naturalization scheme” in Bahrain.

Jumblat noted that “this comparison is unacceptable even if the political differences are deep.”

He also stressed that “it is important to take into consideration the hundreds of thousands of Lebanese immigrants who live in the gulf, and who are contributing effectively in the community and benefiting from living there.”

"The huge money transfers sent by them to their families in Lebanon play an important role in the Lebanese economical survival,” he added.

Based on that, the PSP chief stated that “it is not in their benefit to issue such political positions at this sensitive stage.”

Nasrallah's stands were condemned by the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Arab League on Thursday.


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