BEIRUT: Hezbollah and the Amal Movement reaffirmed Monday their support to Syria and Iran against “international conspiracies” and said they opposed that Lebanon be used as a conduit for plots against its neighbor.
“What is taking place in Syria is an international conspiracy that targets Syria for its position as a rejectionist state as well as its supportive policies to Arab and Islamic resistance movements, especially in Palestine,” Hezbollah and the Amal Movement said in a joint statement.
“We assert out support to Syria, its people, army and institutions, and oppose the use of Lebanon as a conduit to conspire against sisterly Syria,” the statement added.
The two groups also voiced their “firm” support to Iran in the face of “American and Israeli threats.”
Last week, the board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency passed a resolution of "deep and increasing concern" submitted by the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, Germany and 12 others in light of a report by the U.N. nuclear watchdog that was the closest the agency has come to accusing the Islamic Republic of developing nuclear weapons.
The IAEA report was immediately rejected by Tehran.
Hezbollah’s leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah has warned that any attack on either Syria or Iran would drown the rest of the region into conflict.
Damascus has come under increasing regional and international pressure to cease a crackdown on protesters calling for reforms in that country.
The Arab League suspended Syria’s membership last week and rejected over the weekend amendments proposed by Damascus on a observer mission by the Arab organization aimed at ending the crisis in that country.
The United Nations says some 3,500 people, mostly civilians, have been in the crackdown by Damascus launched earlier this year.
Syrian authorities deny targeting civilians, blaming the deaths on “armed gangs.”