Future Movement chief Saad Hariri speaks from his Downtown Beirut residence, Monday, Fe. 22, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Future Movement leader Saad Hariri Thursday defended the Gulf Cooperation Council's March 3 decision to classify Hezbollah as a "terrorist organization," saying that Hezbollah's actions in the Gulf had led to this decision.Hariri pointed out that Hezbollah had not shown solidarity with him when Syrian President Bashar Assad listed him (Hariri) as a "terrorist" for supporting the uprising against the Syrian government.Hariri clarified that $450 million of the aid was given to the Lebanese Army, General Security and Internal Security Forces, while the rest was frozen by Riyadh.Asked by the host on whether he thought Hezbollah controlled Lebanon, Hariri said Bassil's stances indicated that the party did, but quickly added that in reality it didn't. Hariri went as far as to say that he would continue to cooperate with Hezbollah as a Lebanese partner even if the party was convicted of his father's assassination, late Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
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