KSA Condemns Hizbullah's 'Blatant Interference' in Syria

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia condemned on Monday the “blatant interference” of Hizbullah in the Syrian crisis, urging responding to international calls to provide “humanitarian aid to those affected by the war inside and outside the country.”

"The cabinet discussed the dangerous repercussions of the events taking place in Syria, as well as the escalation of violence and the use of military equipment to bomb and kill civilians,” the Saudi Press Agency reported.

"The ministers condemn the blatant interference of Hizbullah in the Syrian war, and all foreign involvement that have transformed Syria into a battlefield.”

The agency added: “The council of ministers expressed its appreciation for all Arab and international efforts made to end the Syrian crisis.”

In a related matter, the Saudi Arabian cabinet supported holding the Geneva II conference to look into the Syria crisis, calling for reaching an accord on the formation of a temporary cabinet that assures a “safe transition of power” in the country.

Saudi Arabia also urged responding to international calls asking for providing humanitarian aid to those affected in the war inside and outside Syria, as well as to the displaced and refugees.

"We warn against the deterioration of conditions in the country that is being torn by violent acts,” the cabinet stated.

Saudi Arabia's top cleric on Thursday had urged governments and fellow clerics across the Muslim world to punish Hizbullah for its intervention in the Syrian civil war against the mainly Sunni rebels fighting to oust President Bashar Assad.

"We urge all politicians and clerics to take substantial measures against this detestable sectarian group (Hizbullah) and all those backing it," Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Shaikh said in a speech carried by the official SPA news agency.

Hizbullah fighters spearheaded a devastating 17-day assault on the Syrian town of Qusayr near the Lebanese border which culminated on Wednesday with its recapture from the rebels.

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah had previously justified the group's involvement in Syria by saying they were defending Lebanese-inhabited border villages inside Syria and Shiite holy sites.

But during a May 25 speech marking the 13th anniversary of Israel's military withdrawal from Lebanon, Nasrallah said the Takfiris are the “most prevailing group in the Syrian opposition,” warning against a defeat against them in the ongoing war in Syria.

He said: “If Syria falls in the hands of the Takfiris and the United States, the resistance will become under a siege and Israel will enter Lebanon. If Syria falls, the Palestinian cause will be lost.”

Source: Agence France Presse

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