Hezbollah MP Mohammad Raad. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Hezbollah Sunday kept up a blistering tirade against Saudi Arabia, rejecting the kingdom's pressure on Lebanon in response to what Riyadh perceives as "hostile" positions linked to the party at Arab League and Islamic meetings. The party also remained defiant, opposing Lebanon's apology to the kingdom over the Lebanese foreign minister's refusal to endorse joint statements at Arab and Islamic meetings in Cairo and Jeddah last month condemning attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran by protesters angered by Riyadh's execution of a prominent Shiite preacher. Saudi Arabia Friday stepped up pressure on Lebanon, blacklisting four companies and three Lebanese men it accused of having links to Hezbollah, in the latest escalatory measure by Riyadh and its Gulf allies against Lebanon – with a focus on Hezbollah – over the country's controversial foreign policy.Qassem has also rejected Saudi calls for Lebanon to apologize, saying it was Riyadh that should express remorse for its actions against Lebanon.The remarks by Raad, Qassem and Yazbek signaled no quick end to the diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia, seen as a threat to Lebanon's ailing economy and political stability.
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