Hezbollah hails ties with Iran, Syria

April 11, 2011 - 0:0

Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah has defended the Lebanese resistance movement's close ties with Iran and Syria.

Nasrallah delivered a speech late on Saturday in which he said that Hezbollah is proud of its relations with the two countries, the Fars News Agency reported.
“We are proud of our relationship and alliance with Iran and Syria,” Nasrallah said.
“We are allied with Iran and Syria, and we have nothing to hide,” Nasrallah stated, adding that Hezbollah cannot remain silent when a state that is helping Lebanon is criticized.
“You won't find WikiLeaks here because what we say publicly is what we say privately,” he said about the latest cables leaked by the WikiLeaks website.
Nasrallah also censured caretaker Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri for his recent anti-Iran comments, noting that Hariri's criticism of Tehran resembles Israel's language.
He condemned “the Hariri camp's hatred of Hezbollah,” noting that the goal of the Hariri-led bloc is to destroy Hezbollah.
The Hezbollah leader accused Hariri of seeking to harm the country's ties with Iran, saying “you accused me of damaging Lebanese-Arab relations after my speech on Bahrain… you can't say what you said about Iran as long as you are a caretaker prime minister,” the Naharnet reported.
He added that Hariri could verbally attack Iran only as leader of al-Mustaqbal movement not as caretaker prime minister.
Nasrallah was referring to the latest war of words between the two foes when Hariri accused Iran of meddling in Lebanon's affairs and taking Arab societies “hostage,” sparking a harsh rebuke from Hezbollah.
The Lebanese Islamic resistance movement secretary general also slammed Bahrain for allegedly threatening to expel some Lebanese citizens, warning that such a move “would lead to complications.”
He did not specify what he meant by such complications.
Defending Syria, Nasrallah said: “Syria never expelled any Lebanese from its territories despite all what the March 14 forces said about it.”
Nasrallah also called for the quick formation of the government, hinting that the new cabinet would be made up of political figures and some technocrats.
He also said Hezbollah's only crime is that it is a thorn in Israel's side.
On Thursday, Hezbollah issued a statement, saying that Hariri's policies do not serve the interests of the Lebanese nation and are part of a U.S. scheme aimed at sowing the seeds of discord among regional countries.
“Such stances are in line with apparent efforts aimed at diverting public attention from U.S. meddling in the internal affairs of regional countries, diminishing the people's desire for freedom and liberation from U.S. hegemony, and diverting (attention) from Israeli crimes committed against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank,” the statement read.
Photo: Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah addresses Lebanese people through a giant screen in Beirut's suburb, March 19, 2011