Hezbollah's deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem. (File/The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Hezbollah deputy head Sheikh Naim Qassem Friday rejected calls by Saudi officials to apologize to Riyadh over diplomatic disputes, saying it is Saudi Arabia which must express regret for "hurting" Lebanon.The Hezbollah official said the Saudi decision was an opportunity by Riyadh to attack Lebanon.Qassem said Lebanon has the power to act independently and will not become a "Saudi emirate".Saudi officials have repeatedly accused Hezbollah of being directly involved in the war in Yemen. The Saudi-backed Yemeni government said Wednesday it had documents proving that Hezbollah aids Houthi rebels to carry out cross-border attacks in Saudi territory. Despite calls to soften rhetoric against Saudi Arabia, other Hezbollah officials also remained defiant.
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