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Irony is Dead: Rouhani Blasts Saudi Arabia for Interfering in Lebanon’s Internal Politics

Tony Badran
9th November 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Speaking about Saturday’s resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani blasted Saudi Arabia for what he called its “unprecedented” meddling in Lebanese politics, charging that it had forced Hariri to step down, Iran’s semi-official PressTV news reported Wednesday.

In remarks directed at Saudi Arabia at a cabinet meeting, Rouhani said regarding Saudi Arabia, “Why are you interfering in Lebanon’s affairs and [in its] government? We cannot find an instance throughout history where a country meddling in the affairs of another country by apparently forcing the head of that country to resign. This is unprecedented in the history of the region.”

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Hariri’s resignation ended any illusions that Lebanon was anything other than “an Iranian satrapy run by Hezbollah,” Tony Badran, an expert on Lebanon and research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, wrote earlier this week.

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gulf-states, hezbollah, iranian-proxies, lebanon, saudi-arabia