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Mustaqbal Movement leader Prime Minister Saad Hariri. (NNA)

Lebanon’s Mustaqbal Movement, headed by Prime Minister Saad Hariri, condemned on Saturday the latest speech of “Hezbollah” chief Hassan Nasrallah during which he attacked Saudi Arabia.

The Movement stressed in a statement that the “Lebanese people will not allow Lebanon to remain an Iranian platform to target Saudi Arabia and Arab countries.”

Nasrallah delivered a speech on Friday on the occasion of “Quds Day,” which is marked in Iran by anti-Israel and anti-US rallies.

The Mustaqbal statement described Nasrallah’s speech as “renewed yelling against the Kingdom that reflects the pain that the Iranian agenda is suffering from in the Arab region.”

The suffering has “pushed it to insanity and playing on the edge of the abyss.”

The Lebanese movement noted that Saudi Arabia’s policies have exposed the goals of Iran’s “disruptive agenda. It has also become clear that Iran and the Israeli enemy are two faces of the same coin.”

They are both enemies of Arabs and “Iran in particular has outdone Israel because it is directly responsible for the plights of some Arab countries.”

It lamented how “some sides are insistent on sabotaging Lebanon’s ties with its Arab brothers, starting with Saudi Arabia. They have sought diligently to target it as part of efforts to improve the image of Iran, from which the Lebanese have only seen destruction, division and implication in its disruptive wars.”

The Mustaqbal Movement therefore said that all sides should assume their responsibilities, saying that the Lebanese people will not allow their country to remain an Iranian platform to attack Arab countries, starting with Saudi Arabia, whenever Tehran’s interests demand it.

“We are concerned first and foremost with Lebanon’s interest, which we place above all else,” stressed the statement.

It highlighted Saudi Arabia’s leading role in fighting terrorism, whether in the form of ISIS or Iran, and it is one of the primary defenders of the dignified life of the Arab and Muslim nation.

The Mustaqbal Movement also condemned the “cowardly” terrorist attack that was thwarted in Mecca on Friday, saying that it was aimed at undermining Saudi Arabia’s pioneering role in the region under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

It noted that the plot came in wake of Yemen’s Houthi militia’s attempt to strike Mecca with Iranian rockets only a few months ago.

Friday’s failed attack comes to complement the Houthi plot, said the movement, noting that it is a “dangerous sign” that Iran is beginning to employ terrorism in its battle to destroy Saudi Arabia after it used such a tactic in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Bahrain and Lebanon.