Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah denied Monday claims his group had received a large quantity of chemical weapons from Syria and urged Persian Gulf countries not to gamble on a military solution to the conflict in Lebanon’s neighbor, Daily Star reported.
“This is actually a laughable accusation. It is as if transferring a ton of chemical weapons to Lebanon is like transferring wheat, flour or regular ammunition,” Nasrallah said in a televised speech. “I categorically deny these accusations as baseless.”
Nasrallah said that these “dangerous” accusations had similarly “dangerous” repercussions on Lebanon.
“Some Lebanese should pay attention that they will be exposing Lebanon to dangers if they support these claims in media or in politics,” he said.
“Not on a single day did our brothers in Syria discuss with us the provision of chemical weapons nor did we ask for chemical weapons,” Nasrallah said.
The Hezbollah leader said religious considerations prohibited his group from acquiring the banned weapons.
The Syrian National Coalition has accused the Damascus regime of sending its Lebanese ally Hezbollah parts of its chemical weapons stockpile, regarded as the largest in the region.
Warning Arabs and Turkey
Nasrallah also criticized Arab countries for their role in Syria and Bahrain, according to al-Monitor.
He then warned Turkey of a fate similar to Pakistan, called on Arab countries, mainly Saudi Arabia, to stop saying that Hezbollah is occupying Syria. “A lot of (Persian) Gulf countries, especially Saudi Arabia, are saying that Syria is occupied by Hezbollah… Saudi and (Persian) Gulf countries don't want any occupiers in Syria, they only go further to call the whole world to occupy Syria.”
Nasrallah then called on the states interfering in Syria to think in a different way, “This is a sincere call to Saudi, Turkey, Qatar and Gulf countries especially to reconsider their positions. If you think you will win militarily, you are wrong, you will fail. Think about the safety of the people in this region. Whoever declines calls for political solutions in Syria has Syrian blood on his hands.”
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