Lebanon News

Hezbollah slams U.S. for interference, deception

FILE - In this November 12, 2010 file photo, Hezbollah fighters hold their party flags, as they parade during the opening of new cemetery for colleagues who died in fighting against Israel, in a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

BEIRUT: Hezbollah lashed out Monday at the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama, accusing it of meddling in Lebanon’s affairs and trying to drag the country into crises.

“We are to this day still working with all our might to ward off the specter of strife [hanging over] our country – a strife we have rejected because it is a U.S. scheme together with an Israeli project that is the basis for the discord moving from one region to another,” the head of Hezbollah's executive council, Sayyed Hashem Safieddine, said in a statement issued Monday.

“This is the destructive American project against Syria and the entire region – which aims to instill fighting and pushes with all its might to keep the bloodshed and destruction,” he said.

“Our enemies and their tools are attacking us every day and every hour so that we abandon our resistance ... while our answer was and still is that we won’t be dragged into strife and that the weapons of the resistance will remain with us,” he said.

“In Lebanon, we are facing the same problem with the Americans who are interfering in everything and trying to impose agendas and headlines,” he cautioned.

“Then they [U.S.] come out with statements calling for consensus among Lebanese and for elections to be conducted by the Lebanese people themselves,” Safieddine said.

“These statements are meaningless and confirm that the U.S. practices a policy of lies and hypocrisy with the purpose of dragging the country into crises and problems,” he added.





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