Riyadh Confirms Aid Halt, Slams Opposing Stances despite All out Support

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The Saudi government confirmed on Monday that it has stopped all military aid to Lebanon, saying despite longstanding support for all sects, it was met by opposition from some Lebanese parties.

Saudi Arabia “had long stood next to Lebanon at all difficult stages and had supported it without distinguishing between its sects,” said a statement read by Culture Minister Adel al-Toraifi following the cabinet session.

“Despite its stances, Saudi Arabia was confronted by opposing Lebanese stances … amid Hizbullah's” domination of the Lebanese state, al-Toraifi stated.

The statement also slammed the “so-called Hizbullah for launching a political and media campaign against Saudi Arabia and for resorting to terrorism against the Arab and Islamic nation.”

“These unjustified stances do not come in harmony with the brotherly ties between the two countries and do not serve their interests,” it said.

“The Kingdom has done everything in its power to stop things from reaching this stage and to confirm that it stands by the Lebanese people with all its sects,” stated the minister.

Riyadh “is aware that these positions do not represent the Lebanese people and appreciates the stances issued by some Lebanese officials and personalities, including Prime Minister Tammam Salam, in support of the Kingdom,” he said.

Saudi Arabia announced on Friday that it was halting deals worth $4 billion aimed at equipping and supporting the Lebanese army and security forces.

The Saudi decision came after Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil declined to support Saudi resolutions against Iran during two meetings of Arab and Muslim foreign ministers. Bassil is the head of the Free Patriotic Movement, which is one of the strongest allies of the Iran-backed Hizbullah.

The move prompted Lebanese politicians to trade accusations.



Comments 11
Thumb marcus 22 February 2016, 15:43

Lebanon and its institutions are not deserving of any Saudi help. So, well done.

Thumb marcus 22 February 2016, 15:56

15:34مؤتمر صحافي لباسيل في الخامسة والنصف من مساء اليوم يتناول خلاله جلسة مجلس الوزراء.

Here we go! Bassil will hold a press conference undermining what was agreed upon in the cabinet today. If the FPM supports the cabinet statement about to be issued why hold a separate press conference.

Thumb marcus 22 February 2016, 16:00

and Riad Salemeh s heading to KSA pronto to beg KSA not to withdraw KSA deposits from Lebanese Banks.

Thumb marcus 22 February 2016, 16:05

وزير الداخلية نهاد المشنوق: الاعتراض كان على ربط الاجماع العربي بحق الفيتو لأي طرف لبناني.

and that's what hezbollah and the FPM are demanding. Veto power on any government stance even regarding foreign policy and Lebanon's relationship with the Arab world.

Thumb justin 22 February 2016, 16:19

and the saudi grip on lebanon was most felt in dahieh, the south, the bekaa and hermel. It was also felt in 2006 war, reconstruction of your villages, in stabilizing the currency, and many other occasions. Ungrateful

Default-user-icon MazenFC (Guest) 22 February 2016, 16:22

Not that I have any particular sympathy for Hezbollah or its allies, but we never got any of that $4 billion in military aid, three years after it was "promised". So to say it colloquially, "bala terbi7 jmileh" KSA!

Thumb ansarullah 22 February 2016, 16:41

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Thumb galaxy 22 February 2016, 16:57

this is the Lebanon that Saudi Arabia is talking about. A Lebanon where militias are free to carry weapons, fight in Syria or any other place that Iran orders them to, and the army/state is helpless or unwilling to assert its authority.

“زوبعة نسور” في الشويفات

Thumb ParvizAmir 22 February 2016, 17:49

The Islamic Republic of Iran under the divine guidance of Ayatollah Khamanei supports the Lebanese people and their plight to get from under the Saudi tutelage and hegemony. The Islamic Republic stands ready to offer and support Lebanon with words and the resistance with weapons.

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 22 February 2016, 18:42

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Thumb lubnani.masi7i 23 February 2016, 08:57

men of god wow, they can even predict when a TOW missile is coming. Good video Mystic.