Saudi Ambassador Warns of Rift between Lebanon, Regional Countries

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Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awadh Asiri slammed on Wednesday statements that would cause contention with regional countries, calling on Lebanese politicians to avoid stances that harm the national interests.

“We urge all sides to be reasonable and avert rifts with nearby countries,” Asiri told reporters after talks with Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the Grand Serail.

Asiri's statement comes in light of remarks by Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah that Saudi Arabia must shoulder a bigger responsibility in the fight against the extremist ideology of the Islamic State group.

“Saudi Arabia bares the prime responsibility in the Islamic world for stopping the proliferation of this ideology,” Nasrallah said in a televised speech.

The Saudi Ambassador said that “Lebanon deserves sacrifices by all its people. Efforts should be exerted to maintain stability and support the army.”

He considered the Lebanese army as a “source of comfort and stability to the people,” hailing politicians who voiced support to the military institution.

Asiri later met with Kataeb Party chief Amin Gemayel.

The Lebanese army has been cracking down on fugitives across Lebanon. The battle between the Lebanese army and extremists was widely expected after members of the Islamic State group and al-Qaida's branch in Syria, the Nusra Front, launched several attacks over the past weeks in areas on the border with Syria.

In June, the IS declared an "Islamic caliphate" straddling vast swathes of Iraq and Syria, ordering Muslims worldwide to pledge allegiance to their chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The U.S. has formed a coalition of Western and Arab allies to battle IS, which has been accused of widespread atrocities in Iraq and Syria, including mass executions, beheadings, rape, torture and selling women and children into slavery.

Later on Wednesday, Voice of Lebanon radio (93.3) reported that Asiri delivered a letter to Salam expressing his country's desire to grant the state 15 million dollars to rebuild the northern Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared, which was leveled in 2007.

Around 31,000 refugees were left homeless by the Nahr al-Bared clashes, which also killed 400 people, including 168 soldiers.

In the aftermath of the battles between the Lebanese army and al-Qaida-inspired group Fatah al-Islam militants in 2007, donors pledged during a conference in Vienna 345 million dollars.

But until now, only 188 million dollars have been donated, Salam said in August, urging Arab and mainly Gulf countries to fund the project.



Comments 17
Missing --karim. 29 October 2014, 14:48

The kingdom of terrorism is responsible in the first place for all the unrest, tension, and terrorism in Lebanon. This terrorist ambassador should be arrested for espionage and the promotion of terrorism, and war should be declared on the kingdom of terrorism.

Missing helicopter 29 October 2014, 15:00

The PFLP armed Palestinians are not armed by KSA but by Bachar Assad.
HA is armed by Iran. So KSA might be responsible for the extremist Sunni but all of the above are source of terrorism and insatability for Lebanon. They all have attacked our LAF and killed our soldiers at one point or another.

Missing imagine_1979 29 October 2014, 15:41

No helicopter, ksa armed fplp general comand, ksa sent us chaker el absi, ksa sent bombs with smaha, blew tripoli mosqs, assassinated hachem salman..., u know same the same way israel assassinated hariri,hawi,kassir... It is only logic man how can't u see it???
U are blaming the very modern, secular, democratic islamic republic of iran man? U are so brainwashed, u should read more objective sources, u know sana/al manar/otv....
Anyway have a good day man

Default-user-icon karim--. (Guest) 29 October 2014, 15:30

Down with the iranian funded sectarian militia and its regional and local sponsors. God bless the Lebanese army

Missing imagine_1979 29 October 2014, 15:36

The great secular islamic republic of iran and very modern suprem
Leader ayatollah is doing such a wonderful job spreading democracy, modernism, intelctual achievement all around our region...

Go have some chupachups karim

Thumb -phoenix1 29 October 2014, 15:47

I agree with you Karim, but Iran is also deep in it, right up to the neck.

Missing helicopter 29 October 2014, 15:01

Later on Wednesday, Voice of Lebanon radio (93.3) reported that Asiri delivered a letter to Salam expressing his country's desire to grant the state 15 million dollars to rebuild the northern Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared, which was leveled in 2007..........
15 Million is not even the price of 100,000 meters of land.
I would rather give KSA $150 Million and have them build the camp in Jedda.
Thanks KSA but no thanks

Thumb -phoenix1 29 October 2014, 15:49

Excellent post Chopper, this is exactly the spirit of it all, since the Saudis love them Palestinians so much, let them take them and build for them everything these people want, but in Saudi and well away from our lands. fed up with liars. Good post man.

Thumb al.finique 29 October 2014, 15:52

Excellent comment bro. I totally agree with you on this one bro. Good post man

Default-user-icon laba laba laba laba (Guest) 29 October 2014, 18:17

Only +1 from you? that's very conservative on your part since you normally give +30

Missing imagine_1979 29 October 2014, 15:43

Indeed, how about making camps, with UN/LAF to ensure security, make sure no arms in, make sure who enters and leave, give shelter to refugiers so they donnot become cheap mercenaries?....
Any other ideas?...

Thumb _mowaten_ 29 October 2014, 16:04

the saudi ambassador is not happy that the army is hitting his mercenaries in tripoli.
what with the 3bn$ aid to the army by the way? we went through all the terbih jmileh for a year, now are we going to see the actual weapons or shall we wait another year?

Default-user-icon geha (Guest) 29 October 2014, 18:12

mowaten, you sound like an immature kid completely disconnected from reality, just trying to build some silly rationale based on bits & pieces of propaganda and lies.

Default-user-icon cityboy (Guest) 29 October 2014, 18:16

You beat me to it mowaten. I was thinking the same thing, exactly the same! Where are those $3bn and where are those weapons? We are so so similar: we are both narcissists, both shia extremists who pretend to be moderates, both have an inferiority complex, both pretend to be secular, and both have multiple accounts. I just hope readers don't think we are the same poster.

Default-user-icon elie (Guest) 29 October 2014, 18:24

before you ask the whereabouts of the saudi grant, it would be advisable to ask your employer the hezb of terrorism if they would be kind and patriotic enough to give the LAF some of their weapons to say the least. You should call yourself mowaten of Persia and take down that flag.... it is sacred.

Thumb _mowaten_ 29 October 2014, 18:58

terrorist: More slander against the Lebanese Army, but it's neither surprising nor meaningful coming from a takfiri supporter.

On a side note, i'm glad to see you remember the name of General Chamel Rukoz, and may you never forget it.

Thumb Mystic 29 October 2014, 16:58

Desperation can clearly be seen amongst the Saudis, their grip of influence in Lebanon is shaking.

How about those 3 billions that never reached the LAF? They never came, because they used those billions to arm takfiris around the world.