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Jumblatt backs Saudi military action: ‘What’s with Nasrallah?’

PSP leader Walid Jumblatt speaks to journalists at his home in Beirut, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt criticized the “declamatory” remarks by Hezbollah’s chief Hasan Nasrallah against Saudi Arabia and reiterated his support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen.

“The declamatory tone of Sayyed Nasrallah is not beneficial,” Jumblatt said in comments published by Al-Mustaqbal newspaper Sunday. “We should rather return to calm and to the GCC initiative that King Salman bin Abdulaziz is insisting on as a political solution framework in Yemen.

The PSP leader said both Iran and Hezbollah were shocked by the Saudi decision to launch the military campaign against the Houthis, which explained the reaction against it.

“What’s with Nasrallah?” Jumblatt wondered, highlighting the possible negative consequences of Nasrallah’s speech.

“Where does Sayyed Nasrallah wish to take Lebanon and the Lebanese through his tense speeches against Saudi Arabia?” Jumblatt asked. “Has he taken into consideration the consequences of his words for the lives of around 500,000 [Lebanese] in Saudi Arabia?”

The Druze leader, who had announced support for the Saudi-led ‘decisive storm’ military action, expressed his suspicion over Hezbollah’s verbal attacks on Saudi Arabia.

He suggested that the purpose could be to provoke Saudi authorities to commit an act against all Lebanese, in reference to the possible targeting of Lebanese expats in the Gulf country.

“The Saudi King and the wise administration leading Saudi Arabi are too aware and astute to fall in the trap of Hezbollah, and Iran behind it.”

Jumblatt reiterated his full support for the Saudi action, saying the war was first declared by Iran when it funded and supported the Houthi rebels against “elected legitimate authority” in Yemen.

“Saudi Arabia found its national interest suddenly in the range of Ballistic missiles erected in Yemen with the ability to reach many Saudi cities,” he said. “Decisive storm is a legitimate right to self-defense, we support it."

 

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