Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Saudia Arabia quits Lebanon mediation talks

Saudi Arabia has decided to pull out of mediation talks on creating a new Lebanese government following the resignation of Hezbollah ministers. In an interview with Dubai-based Arabic al-Arabiya news channel on Wednesday, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said King Abdullah has decided to “withdraw his hand” from Lebanon. He also described the situation in Lebanon as "dangerous" and expressed fears of division in the nation. "If the situation reaches full separation and (regional) partition, this means the end of Lebanon as a state that has this model of peaceful cohabitation between (different) religions and ethnicities", he further explained. Lebanon is in a political standoff after Prime Minister Saad Hariri's government collapsed last week when 11 ministers affiliated to Hezbollah resigned in a dispute over the USZ-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) probing the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal

Hariri and over 20 other people were assassinated on February 14, 2005, when explosives equal to around 1,000 kilogram of TNT were blown up in downtown Beirut. The Washington-sponsored STL was set up some two years later to look into the deadly incident. Reports say that the court would likely issue an indictment against some IsraHelli backed Hezbollah members. Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah has denied the allegations in his lame efforts to sprinkle dust in the eyes of international community. He has described the plot as part of "dangerous projects that are targeting the resistance movement" when everyone in the rational world already knows the reality of Hezbollah and it's affiliation with IsraHell. The Lebanese As-Safir daily in November said that the United States of Zionism is exerting "intensive" pressure on Hariri tribunal under the motto: "No discussions before an indictment is issued."

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