Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addresses his supporters through a giant screen during a rally commemorating the annual Hezbollah Martyrs' Leader Day in Beirut's southern suburbs, Lebanon February 16, 2016. REUTERS/Aziz Taher
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Hezbollah fighters will stay in Syria until a political solution is reached to end the 5-year-old war that has killed more than 300,000, the party's leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said Monday.Nasrallah added that the U.S. wanted a political solution in Syria that serves its goal. "The goal of America and its allies is to change the regime and control Syria," he said. He vowed to keep Hezbollah, which has been fighting alongside President Bashar Assad's forces since 2013, in Syria until it achieves the goal of preventing the fall of Syria into the hands of Daesh (ISIS) and the Nusra Front. Nasrallah also accused Saudi Arabia of being behind the move by the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council and the Arab foreign and interior ministers earlier this month to label Hezbollah a terrorist group over its intervention in Syria, Yemen and Bahrain.Turning to Lebanon's internal political issues, when asked if he saw anything positive between Hezbollah's ties with former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Nasrallah noted that Hariri has been attacking his party since the first day of his return to Lebanon on Feb. 14 .Nasrallah reiterated Hezbollah's commitment to supporting MP Michel Aoun for the presidency in the face of MP Sleiman Frangieh, who is backed by Hariri, Speaker Nabih Berri, MP Walid Jumbatt and a number of independent lawmakers.
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