Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat – Hezbollah yesterday issued a statement saying that it is not in the group’s interests to “incite internal conflict” in Lebanon, in a statement that is inconsistent with their earlier threats of violence should the Special Tribunal for Lebanon indict or accuse any of its members in the death of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.
Hezbollah MP Nawaf al-Moussawi said “Hezbollah will remain positive towards its dealing with the Saudi –Syrian efforts, for its success is in its interests…it is not in our interest to involve the resistance in internal conflict. [We want to ensure that] Lebanon is stable and there is agreement founded upon the basis of not attacking the resistance.”
For his part, Lebanon First MP Ahmad Fatfat told Asharq Al-Awsat that “the statements issued by Hezbollah recently that Saudi Arabia will impose the expected settlement upon Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri are irresponsible and regrettable and not only reduce the Arab efforts chances of success, but may result in their failure.”
He added that “it is not out of the question for their goal from such talk to be to ensure the failure of any settlements and efforts [in this regard].”
Fatfat also stressed that “relations between Prime Minister Hariri and Saudi Arabia are fraternal relations based upon respect, and what is in the best interests of the people of Lebanon.”