Leaders of the pro-Saudi Arabian bloc issued a strongly worded statement Sunday over what they view as provocative actions by Hezbollah and its allies.
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Reacting to Saudi Arabia's decision to halt $4 billion in grants to purchase arms for the Lebanese military and police, the March 14 coalition called Sunday on the government to immediately meet to underline its commitment to Arab solidarity and unanimity, a move clearly aimed at checking what it sees as growing Iranian influence in the country.Following the two-hour meeting of March 14 leaders, former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, head of the Future bloc in Parliament, read a statement warning that Lebanese-Arab relations are now in jeopardy because Hezbollah and its allies are giving priority to Iran's interests.Hariri warned that there would be escalatory measures if the Cabinet did not take a clear stance asserting Lebanon's compliance with Arab unanimity.Hariri pointed out that Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil did not coordinate his stance with Salam when he refrained from endorsing joint statements issued last month at separate meetings held in Cairo and Jeddah accusing Iran of "interference in Arab state affairs" and labeling Hezbollah a terrorist organization.Speaker Nabih Berri said he supported the convening of the Cabinet to underscore Lebanon's commitment to Arab unanimity.
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