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A Mustaqbal Movement delegation meets Kuwait’s Ambassador to Lebanon Abdulaal al-Qinai. (NNA)

Beirut – Lebanon’s Mustaqbal Movement condemned on Monday “Hezbollah’s” involvement in the terrorist al-Abdali cell that was discovered in Kuwait in 2015.

After holding talks with Kuwaiti Ambassador to Lebanon Abdulaal al-Qinai, a Mustaqbal delegation warned that the group’s connection to the cell could harm Beirut’s ties with Kuwait and Gulf countries,

The delegation was headed by former Prime Minister Fouad Saniora and included MPs Atef Majdalani, Amin Wehbe and Ahmed Fatfat.

Saniora urged after the meeting with the ambassador the Lebanese government to “seriously and immediately remedy the situation to avoid a deterioration in ties between Lebanon and Kuwait.”

“We are here to express our condemnation of the findings of the three-year trial of the Abdali cell, which proved that some ‘Hezbollah’ members were part of it,” he added.

Backed by Iran, the “Hezbollah” members were tasked with training, guiding and funding other members of the cell to destabilize Kuwait.

“It appears that some individuals have been prompted, through such disruptive acts, to create a state of instability in the Gulf region, Kuwait in particular,” Saniora warned.

“The Mustaqbal Movement is clear in its condemnation and demand that the government look into the matter, which will fix the flaw that this group has caused. The group does not see an interest in Lebanon preserving its ties with the state of Kuwait and other Gulf countries,” he noted.

He hoped that Kuwait will not hold all the Lebanese people responsible for the actions of a few.

Lebanese Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq had previously held talks with Qinai to address a complaint filed by the Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry to Lebanon over the Abdali cell ruling.

The minister expressed his “great respect for the state of Kuwait,” adding that it is credited with financing several development and economic projects in Lebanon over the decades.

He voiced the readiness of the Lebanese security agencies to cooperate with the Kuwaiti Interior Ministry to provide any assistance in the Abdali case.