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Antoine Zahra: ‘We Will Work on Freeing Lebanese Army, Military Institutions from Hezbollah’ | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Lebanese MP Antoine Zahra

Riyadh-The Lebanese MP Antoine Zahra criticized the so-called Hezbollah harshly, confirming that it has become a heavy burden on Lebanon and has affected the country negatively by intervening in Yemen, Bahrain, and other Gulf states.

According to Zahra, “the country’s institutions are collapsing, and the presidential elections have been obstructed; regardless of ruining Beirut’s relation with Riyadh after leaving the Arab consensus and withholding from supporting Saudi Arabia, following the Iranian attacks on the Kingdom’s embassy in Tehran and its consulate in Mashhad.”

Zahra stressed on the importance of rectifying the situation caused by the so-called Hezbollah by liberating Lebanon democratically and peacefully from it, and by clearing the army and the military institutions from its proxies.

“Unfortunately, Lebanon is doomed to always keep trying democratically and peacefully to change this fact, as giving up is not even an option or else we will be compelled to hand them the country and just leave with no return,” Zahra told Asharq Al-Awsat.

He confirmed that the so-called Hezbollah is affiliated with Quds Force in the Iranian National Guard, which is in charge of foreign operations to create chaos in the region, like Yemen, Bahrain and other Gulf states.

Furthermore, he noted that the so-called Hezbollah is playing a major role in the war waged in Syria. They also affected the Lebanese stance in the Arab League conference regarding the attack on Saudi Arabia’s Embassy in Tehran, asserting that what had happened in the meeting was a mistake and could have been avoided.

Moreover, Zahra confirmed that the Lebanese people would never jeopardize the Saudi-Lebanese relations.

“When we think about bilateral relations between the two countries, we should not only think about the interests of the Lebanese living in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries, considering they are the founders of Lebanon’s economy, because it is not the only major issue to address,” Zahra said.

“What should be thought about considerately is the respect for the Kingdom, which deals with Lebanon and the rest of the Arab states out of sincere friendship and brotherhood,” he added.