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Nasrallah: House of Saud seeking to derail Syria peace talks



by Joseph Earnest October 28, 2013


Newscast Media TEHRAN—Hezbollah's Chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah Monday accused Saudi Arabia of seeking to derail the expected Geneva II Syria peace conference, saying the kingdom had become enraged over developments in the Arab state that only strengthened the Damascus government's position.

He made his remarks during a speech marking the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Great Prophet Hospital. 

 "The recent developments in Syria have helped us realize that there can only be a political solution, not a military one, to the unrest," Nasrallah said.  

"All concerned sides should approach dialogue in Syria without preconditions," he demanded, while accusing Saudi Arabia of resorting to"all means" to topple the Syrian government. 

"Obstructing the political solution in Syria will lead to more death and destruction and negative repercussions on Lebanon and all other countries neighboring Syria," he warned. 

Addressing the clashes in the northern city of Tripoli, the Hezbollah chief urged the cabinet to take a "firm decision" to put an end to the instability in the city. 

"The army and security forces should take over control in Tripoli and the people should provide them with the necessary support while they perform their duties," he continued. 

Commenting on the political deadlock in Lebanon and failure to form a new government, Nasrallah accused the March 14 camp of only prolonging the impasse by imposing various conditions on forming a cabinet. He noted that the camp was and is still banking on the developments in Syria in order to take any political decision in this matter, saying that such actions will only maintain the deadlock. 

He suggested that the March 14 camp "exercise some humility" and accept the formation of a cabinet that grants nine ministers to itself and the March 8 camp, while the remaining six be granted to centrists. 

Since his appointment in April, Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam has faced conditions and counter-conditions from the rival March 8 and 14 camps over the formation of a new government. Furthermore, Nasrallah stressed the need for the caretaker government to convene in order to tackle the oil file and in order to order the army and security forces to take control of Tripoli. 

He stated however that caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati is being pressured by Saudi Arabia and the March 14 camp against calling cabinet to session. 

On the recent release of the Lebanese pilgrims who were held in Syria's Aazaz region, he congratulated them on their safe return to Beirut, hoping that this development would pave the way for resolving the case of Lebanese held in Israel and Syria and who have gone missing over the past two years or since the Lebanese civil war.

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Source: Tehran Times










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