Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah lashed out at Saudi Arabia over its war on Yemen, stressing that the failure of Riyadh’s foreign policy is the real reason behind the Kingdom’s attack against its neighbor.
In a televised speech aired on al-Manar TV, Sayyed Nasrallah called on Saudi Arabia to halt its military attack on Yemen, saying there’s still a chance for the Kingdom to change its mind over the assault.
In this context, the resistance leader stressed that the only solution for the Yemeni crisis is political, “or else the invaders will be defeated.”
Meanwhile, his eminence said that the problem in Yemen is not because Saudi Arabia wants to defend a government or a president; it is rather because Saudi Arabia has lost its influence in Yemen.
“If the aim of the war on Yemen is to save the Yemeni people, then why did Saudi Arabia abandon the Palestinian people for long decades?”
Sayyed Nasrallah, meanwhile, said that the latest developments in Yemen prove that “Arab states have never considered Israel an enemy.”
He also said that Saudi Arabia “has opposed the revolution which had overthrown Hosni Mubarak. Why didn’t they form a coalition to strike Egypt?”
Hezbollah leader elaborated on the pretexts used by the Saudi Arabia to justify its war on Yemen, saying they are "baseless" pretexts.
“Pretext that Yemen represents a threat to Gulf states is baseless,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, adding that “one of the most big lies Saudi Arabia has been propagating is that Iran is occupying Yemen.”
The major mentality of Saudi Arabia is that it does not recognize the rights of the peoples of the region, his eminence said.
“Where are the achievements of Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy since 30 years?” Sayyed Nasrallah wondered, stressing that the failure of Riyadh’s policy “is prompting the people of the region to resort to Iran.”
Sayyed Nasrallah, furthermore, accused Saudi Arabia of inciting the Iraqi Dictator, Saddam Hussein to wage the war against Iran in the last century. He added that Riyadh was behind the terrorist crimes committed by the Takfiri suicide bombers in Iraq and Syria.
“What did you do for Iraq? You had funded the war waged by Saddam Hussein against Iran. You supported Saddam Hussein as he was committing genocide against Iraqi people. You had also supported George Bush in his war on Iraq. And when the Iraqi people resisted the US occupation you had supported al-Qaeda-linked groups and Takfiri militants, and ISIL is your latest crime.”
“The Saudi intelligence was sending the booby-trapped cars and funding the suicide attacks on the Iraqi cities. You have sent the Takfiri monsters to Syria not to save the Syrian people, but to subdue Syria. However, Syria will remain free and independent,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, referring to Saudi Arabia.
Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that it’s the Yemeni people's right to defend their country against the Saudi airstrikes.
The invaders have been defeated throughout history, Sayyed Nasrallah said, noting that the airstrikes alone don’t determine the loser and the winner of a battle, and that there is still the ground battle which has the final word.
Dialogue, STL, Presidential Vote
On the other hand, Hezbollah S.G. stressed that the dialogue between the resistance party and the Future movement is still ongoing, noting that the move is a national interest.
“We will go on with the dialogue with Future movement since it is considered a national interest.”
Concerning the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, which is tasked with probing the 2005 assassination of former Premier Rafiq Hariri, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that all its trials and rules do not concern Hezbollah.
“We are not concerned with all events related to the STL, and what was said during its sessions has no legal value.”
Responding to claims that Iran is hindering the presidnetial elections in Lebanon, Sayyed Nasrallah said: “Iran has not interfered in the presidential elections, and will not do so. Tehran is not responsible for the current deadlock.”
His eminence however, stressed that Saudi Arabia is hindering the presidential vote.
“Saudi FM, Saud al-Faisal, is the one vetoing the election of the candidate who has the majority within the Christians in Lebanon.”