Lebanon News

Future welcomes Arab stand against Iran in Yemen

FILE: Future bloc MPs attend a meeting in Beirut on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)

BEIRUT: The Future Bloc hailed the Saudi-led military campaign against the Houthis in Yemen on Tuesday, criticizing remarks made by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and voicing support for the stance taken by Prime Minister Tammam Salam.

“The Future Bloc salutes [this] determined Arab stand, led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to confront Persian attempts to rule over an Arab nation and its cities,” read a statement released by the bloc Tuesday afternoon.

The statement made reference to “the decisive storm,” a series of airstrikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition over the past week.

Following their weekly meeting, headed by MP Samir Jisr, members of the bloc said the current confrontation between Iran and the Arab world “was evitable if not for Persian greed.”

The MPs also voiced their support for the decisions and recommendations made at the Arab Summit, held in Sharm al-Sheikh over the weekend.

They especially lauded the proposed creation of a joint Arab military force, calling on Arab countries to implement it "as soon as possible."

The Future Bloc also praised the position taken by Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the summit, where he said Lebanon “cannot [leave the] Arab consensus and follow unilateral policies.”

The MPs also “strongly denounced” a recent speech by Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, in which he criticized Saudi Arabia for its campaign in Yemen.

Members of the bloc hailed Saudi Arabia as “a brother Arab country, that is always [first] in supporting Lebanon...backing its institutions and empowering its army.”





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