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Iran's FM says Saudi creating regional unrest

November 12, 2017 6:22 AM
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BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman said Saudi Arabia is aiming to create unrest in Lebanon after doing so in the Gulf region and Yemen.

Bahram Qasemi said in comments carried by state news agency IRNA that the kingdom is trying to destabilise the region.

Saudi Arabia blames Tehran for backing militant groups throughout the Middle East and has recently vowed to fight them on top of Lebanon's Hezbollah group.

His comments came yesterday amid a crisis in Lebanon triggered by Prime Minister Saad Hariri's resignation in the Saudi capital of Riyadh last week.

Iran and Saudi Arabia are fighting proxy wars in the region from Syria to Yemen. Iran is a predominantly Shiite nation while Saudi Arabia is a Sunni powerhouse.

Meanwhile, Lebanon's President Michel Aoun has called on Saudi Arabia to clarify why Prime Minister Saad Hariri hasn't returned home since announcing his resignation in the kingdom last week.

A political crisis has gripped Lebanon and shattered the relative peace maintained by its coalition government since Hariri's announcement earlier this month from the Saudi capital that he was resigning.

Lebanese officials have insisted on the return home of Hariri from Saudi Arabia amid rumours he is being held against his will.

In a statement released by his office, Aoun called on Saudi Arabia “that is linked to us through deep brotherly and friendly relations, to clarify the reasons that are preventing” Hariri from returning to Lebanon.

Aoun said that a marathon planned in Beirut today, in which tens of thousands will participate, should be “a national sports demonstration for solidarity with prime minister Hariri and his return to his country.”


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