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Jumblatt: Nasrallah’s Yemen speech lacked objectivity

MP Walid Jumblatt speaks during a news conference in his house in Beirut, Lebanon. (AP Photo)

BEIRUT: MP Walid Jumblatt Wednesday lambasted Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah over his last speech on Yemen during which the Hezbollah chief denounced Saudi-led coalition strikes.

He praised Prime Minister Tammam Salam for taking a more neutral stance on Yemen at the Arab summit.

“I noticed that no statements had come from the Islamic Republic of Iran such as the remarks made by Sayyed Nasrallah, who used to be calm and maintained objectivity in his speeches,” Jumblatt told local newspaper As-Safir.

“But this time his speech lacked objectivity and calm and appeared uptight,” he added.

“I don’t understand why Hezbollah goes beyond Iran, while Iran itself does not speak the same way,” the Progressive Socialist Party leader added.

Nasrallah has attacked Saudi Arabia for spearheading the campaign launched by a regional coalition in support of Yemen’s embattled President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi.

Speaking Friday on the second day of the Saudi-led military assault against the Houthi rebels, Nasrallah said Hezbollah would have joined the coalition if its warplanes targeted Israel instead of Yemen.

He accused Riyadh of launching the war in an attempt to regain control over Yemen and rejected Saudi claims that Iran posed a threat to the kingdom and other Gulf states.

Jumblatt defended Salam’s speech at the Arab summit.

“There is no reason that justifies Hezbollah’s opposition to Salam’s position in Sharm el-Sheikh, because his words were well-weighed,” Jumblatt said. “What else could the prime minister say?”

Salam offered an ambiguous position towards the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen against Iranian-backed Houthi fighters during the Arab League summit Saturday, saying Beirut supported any move that preserves Sanaa's “sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

“Out of its keenness on supporting constitutional legitimacy in Yemen, Arab unanimity and the unity and stability of all Arab states, Lebanon announces its support for any Arab stance that preserves Yemen’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in addition to the cohesion of its social fabric,” Salam told the summit.





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