Suleiman: We Musn't Ruin Ties with Saudi Arabia by Making Baseless Accusations against it

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President Michel Suleiman slammed on Wednesday the criticism directed against Saudi Arabia by some officials in Lebanon, rejecting meddling in the affairs of other countries.

He said: “We should not ruin Lebanon's relations with Saudi Arabia by making baseless accusations against it.”

He made his remark during the opening of a conference entitled, “Dialogue: Truth and Democracy,” held in Jbeil.

“Historic ties with a country such as Saudi Arabia should not be ruined through these accusations, especially when it comes to Syria,” declared the president in reference to statements made by Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and other March 8 camp officials.

“Our enemy is making victory after victory while we are embroiled in our own disputes,” he lamented.

Suleiman therefore demanded that the purpose of arms in Lebanon and the meaning of martyrdom be defined.

“The stability of countries rests on the national contract that its people abide by,” he continued.

He also stressed the importance of honest dialogue in Lebanon that would help assert Lebanon's sovereignty and its ties with other countries.

“The Lebanese people should build a society based on dialogue,” he stated.

Nasrallah on Tuesday accused Saudi Arabia of being behind the deadly bombings that targeted the Iranian embassy in southern Beirut on November 19.

“We believe the statement in which the Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack on the Iranian embassy, because it is a well-known group and its emir is Saudi and it is linked to the Saudi intelligence,” Nasrallah explained.

He elaborated: “The Iranian embassy bombing has to do with targeting Iran by those who consider it to be an enemy since 1979 and by those who teach at their institutes that it is an enemy.”

“The bombing has to do with the Saudi anger against Iran in the region,” he added.

Comments 37
Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 04 December 2013, 12:39

and there are those who will argue against this and say HA does not take orders, or take approval... stupid is that stupid does.

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 04 December 2013, 13:32

now my comment looks plain stupid... someone posted a video of nassrallah saying that when a decision is to be made, they do not resort to their minds, or education.. etc..etc.. but to the faqih...

Thumb _mowaten_ 04 December 2013, 13:46

arzak i dont want to shoot on the ambulance, but your post looks stupid anyway ;)

Thumb _mowaten_ 04 December 2013, 13:48

just teasing you a bit here, don't take it wrong ;)

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 04 December 2013, 14:20

come on mowaten... how can you say that HA does not take orders when Nasrallah himself said that?? now mind you I am not arguing if Mustaqbal takes orders from KSA or anybody else.. but when someone openly says that he does not use his education or his mind, but resorts to the faqih and what he says.. how can that possibly be not taking orders???

Thumb _mowaten_ 04 December 2013, 15:32

seriously arzak, listen to it again now that hajjeh reposted it.

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 04 December 2013, 16:48

I did. And a loose translation of what I understood is:
Whenever we take any decision. Or walk down any path. Or enter any battle. We do not refer to our minds. Or our scientific or political minded people. Or our educational standards. Or. Or. Or. We refer to our faqihs. Our elders. And our references. This was our discipline to our imam.(Ali or Husain). And this is our discipline even after his death by abiding to the imam khamini.
Did I miss anything? Am I misunderstanding anything? It is pretty plain to understand that prior to any decision they (HA) take we refer to khamini for the final word. Approval or disapproval. Please correct me if I missed anything.

Thumb _mowaten_ 04 December 2013, 12:41

can't remember suleiman ever worrying about any of the baseless accusations against HA, syria or iran.
seems like he had a very enlightening trip to saudi last month, since he came back he became their biggest fans. must have been the buzzing cultural life down there that made an impression on him.

Thumb _mowaten_ 04 December 2013, 12:43

as for saudi, it's not baseless to say they are behind most of the extremist groups in syria, saudis themselves dont bother denying it anymore.
money, men, weapons, what more should they send before we consider they are a bit responsible for what it done with it?

Thumb profile 04 December 2013, 12:44

where is your evidence SIR (Phoenix)? As usual write words and more words to feel important and knowledgeable. Loser!

Missing --karim_m2-- 04 December 2013, 12:46

Suleiman is a worthless Saudi puppet.

Thumb cedre 04 December 2013, 16:18

he's a vahabi, isn't ?

Thumb Knight 05 December 2013, 05:58

He is a weirdo in love with himself.

Thumb thepatriot 05 December 2013, 10:11

the1... Suleiman is just another president picked up by the Syrian regime. He also abuses his position through his son in law building a fortune...
Don't be fooled by his moderation. He is powerless...

Thumb cedre 04 December 2013, 12:47

don't u think he knows better than u ?
Why do u think our christian president is making such statement ?
Why do u think he's defending KSA ?

Thumb _mowaten_ 04 December 2013, 13:10

come on cedre, whenever whoever -be it the president or the patriarch- says anything that doesnt go your way you trash them with the most disrespectful statements without even trying to answer the points.
at least phoenix is being respectful and expressing a reasonable opinion.

Thumb _mowaten_ 04 December 2013, 13:17

struggling to get attention ice-boy?

Missing --karim_m2-- 04 December 2013, 12:49

The kingdom of terrorism created Al Qaeda, created the Taliban, funded the PLO when they were slaughtering Lebanese for 15 years, created Fatah Al Islam, created/funded terrorists in Chechnya, Kosovo, Syria, Pakistan, Europe, etc.

Bas eh, all this documented evidence is "baseless" for Suleiman the loyal Saudi puppet.

Default-user-icon hanoun (Guest) 04 December 2013, 13:07

how many terrorists in 9 11 were saoudis ?
president busch then said : I ll take the war to their land and wipe them out,and hope the wipe out wont take long

Thumb cedre 04 December 2013, 16:27

not weirdly, US attacked 2 main ennemies to iran, saddam and afghanistan, Iran helped militarily the big Satan on both cases.

Thumb geha 04 December 2013, 14:06

hizbushaitan is desperate especially they know they will be disbanded soon.
even their foreign minister is trying to get a meeting in KSA, their terrorist militia launches accusations against KSA, thus blocking any meeting for their irnian fm boos.
do you think their Iranian master is going to be happy with what his lackey nasrallah said?

Default-user-icon hanoun (Guest) 04 December 2013, 14:28

the biggest mistake our president made was not helping to get a real secular electoral law based on proportionality

Missing lebanon4ever 04 December 2013, 14:55

Naharnet why did you delete flamethrowers comment? I disagreed with what he said and was replying to it but what in his comment warranted that it be deleted? It is absurd that you delete comments that are debatable and not malicious!

Missing lebanon4ever 04 December 2013, 16:11

FT do you honestly believe that Hezbollah could or would integrate in to the army under any president without starting a war? How do you expect this president to demacrate borders when Syria refuses to do so? Is sheeba lebanese or Syrian? Although we all know that it is lebanese, the borders and the Syrians say different. Half the inhabitants say different. The president is neither M8 nor M14. I think every lebanese person should be standing up for the president because he genuinely has lebanons best interest at heart. That is why he is being attacked. Fancy Franjieh saying that he told Assad that he knew sulieman would stab them in the back and that the only reason he became president was because Syria allowed it. We all stand up for him at all times not only when he says something we agree with.

Thumb FlameCatcher 04 December 2013, 17:49

FT : as long as Hezb's lifeline depends entirely on Iran, no one, and certainly not Nasrallah, can claim it's a "lebanese" organisation "independent" of foreign influence.

Hassan cannot claim like he lied yesterday that he is not "influenced" and controlled by Iran.

If you cut Iranian flow of money and weapons, Hezbollah will collapse financially in a couple of months or take over the country to survive economically.

I agree with you that M14 are not visionnaries but you're wrong to believe Aoun or Hassan Nasrallah can build a better future for lebanon.

Regarding this president, I would choose him 1000 times over filth like Lahoud imposed to us by Hezbollah and Syria. And I would flee the country before seeing someone like Aoun take his place.

I prefer a speechless president than someone who sold his soul, values and beliefs for a glimpse of power.

Thumb FlameCatcher 04 December 2013, 18:44

@FT : I never claimed M14 wasn't "influenced". Hassan Nasrallah lied on TV yesterday saying they are not influenced when they are more influenced than any other party.

I disagree with you that M14 are unfit to rule. They have achieved infinitely more for this country than any M8 party. Hezbollah has never brought ANYTHING to lebanon ! And the areas you mention that M14 doesn't control are areas polluted by Assad loyalist and infiltrated terrorists.

Come on ... you;re smarter than that than to make such claims !

I know you don't appreciate this president and agree he hasn't done much. However, I can tell you what he did not do : his family didn't become millionaires overnight. He's not corrupted like Lahoud. He doesn't use his influence for personal gains. he does not answer like a stray dog to Syria. He doesn't use his circle of criminals to conduct or cover crimes across the country... And he's not full of himself like Aoun !

Thumb _mowaten_ 05 December 2013, 11:24

lebanon4ever: we have to stop it with that myth that syria has anything to do with israel not returning land, whether in shebaa or elsewhere.
the UN told israel that both lebanon and syria officially agreed and all documents confirm it, shebaa farms are lebanese. but israel wont return it because it's too valuable.

Missing applesandoranges 04 December 2013, 15:31

Your absolutely right, for YOUR "truth" makes the majority of the Lebanese sick.

Default-user-icon Plonshin Farkelouz (Guest) 04 December 2013, 19:13

Lollipop for our good-for-nothing president-by-parachute anyone?

Thumb FlameCatcher 04 December 2013, 19:35

@Mistake : Your president is not Suleiman. Your president (or emperor) is Khomeini ... You do not believe in Lebanon and your entire existence is built on a lie.

Saudi doesn't have to pay Suleiman for him to speak the truth.

Your lying leader Hassan Kezballah accuses Israel or Saudi without any proof whatsoever. If he has evidence, then let him bring it forward or shut up !

This is not a country where a FAKE SAYYED / MILITARY TERRORIST LEADER can make judgments without proof.

We're still waiting for KEZBALLAH's evidence that Israel killed Hariri by the way ...

Missing peace 04 December 2013, 20:04

sure mystic, we know hezbi LIES... they promised to handle their weapoons as soon as lebanon was liberated... still waiting...
now they say they are waiting till palestine is liberated, meaning they ll never join the LEBANESE army...

they promised NEVER to use their weapons against lebanese, then came may 2008...

so hezbis cannot be trusted as their agenda is different from the lebanese one... they just spit on lebanon, its laws and constitutioon , just like you by supporting them!

Missing peace 04 December 2013, 20:12

"they burned Syria and now they want to burn Lebanon too, thats what Sayed Hassan is mentioning"

sure that is what he wants you to believe and did an excellent job at it!

good parrot you are!

Missing peace 04 December 2013, 20:14

let M8 cut all ties with saudi arabia and let's see if iran helps lebanon as much as saudis did!

we would rather destroy the lebanese economy and sink deeper in chaos, exactly what hezbi want to divide and conquer!

Missing watan-libnan 05 December 2013, 04:35

I beleive this president is a great president at the wrong time his words of wisdom and modererity are falling on deaf ears

Missing helicopter 05 December 2013, 07:22

Also he is decent and employs no thugs to counter the countless thugs of his peers. We are lucky to have him.

Thumb Knight 05 December 2013, 06:00

He loves the Sayyid

Default-user-icon Mazer (Guest) 02 January 2014, 15:24

how much did saudi arabia pay him, saudi arabia wants the destroy this country