File - Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri attends a ceremony in Beirut, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri Monday implicitly lashed out at Hezbollah over its stance on the two-week-long war in Yemen, saying the Shiite party's tirade against Riyadh did not serve Lebanon's interests.Defending the Saudi-led military intervention against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, Asiri also implicitly accused Iran of exploiting the Houthis to further its own ends in the volatile region. "How can Lebanon's interests be served in the stances taken by this party?" he asked.For their part, the ambassadors said their countries' support for Saudi Arabia in the "Decisive Storm" operation was "a strategic decision". Last month, Asiri struck back at Nasrallah, who has launched a fierce tirade against Saudi Arabia and accused Riyadh of launching the war in an attempt to regain control over the impoverished country. The Yemen offensive has already triggered a bitter war of words between Lebanon's Saudi and Iran allies. However, March 14 MP Marwan Hamade said the fierce tirade against Saudi Arabia reflected the collapse of Iran's project in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Bahrain.
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