Lebanese army trucks pull artillery pieces during a military parade to mark the 68th anniversary of Lebanon's independence from France, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, on Tuesday Nov. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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Saudi Arabia's decision Friday to halt $4 billion in military aid to Lebanon has provoked sharp reactions from local officials, with Future Movement leader Saad Hariri blaming Lebanon's foreign minister and its ally Hezbollah, and Hezbollah pointing to Riyadh's financial crisis.The decision split other March 14 and March 8 figures.Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea also blamed Hezbollah.March 14 lawmakers Ammar Houri and Marwan Hamade blamed Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil for the Saudi move.Bassil explained that he distanced Lebanon from the Cairo statement because it classified Hezbollah, an influential member in Lebanon's government and an FPM ally, as a terrorist organization.In Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Iran support opposing sides.
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