NNA - In response to Hezbollah Secretary-General, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah's speech on Sunday, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri issued the following statement:
"The past few hours have witnessed a violent storm coming from the Iranian sites in Tehran, Beirut, Baghdad and Sana'a, which targeted Saudi Arabia due to the judicial verdicts requesting punishment for 47 persons condemned for terrorism and incitement to violent and extremist crimes.
The storm has reached the point of launching a systematic and blatant assault against the Saudi Embassy in Tehran. But it was unfortunate that some people in Lebanon would open the doors to this storm and be in the first ranks of those attacking the Kingdom and its leadership, in ways that are unacceptable, like what we have read and heard from Hezbollah leaders and followers."
"Some accusations against Saudi Arabia and its role seem to apply to those launching them and to describe the situation of Iran, from which the Iranians are suffering," Hariri added.
"The talk about tyranny, oppression, terrorism, murder, crime, executions, destruction, forced displacement, disruption of dialogue, massacres, interference in the affairs of others, as well as the accusations of sowing discord, disseminating the culture of insults, excluding opponents, refusing others, eliminating parties and religious men and destroying their homes and headquarters over their heads.. these accusations launched by Hezbollah leaders actually describe the behavior of the Iranian regime and the Iranian expansion project, at the expense of the Arabs, their states and societies," Hariri went on.
He added: "Hezbollah, as usual, acts as if it was responsible for all the Shiites in the world, from Nigeria to Bahrain, India, Pakistan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states. Like the Islamic Republic of Iran, it departs from a false political authority, to eradicate the boundaries of national sovereignty of the near and far countries, and gives itself illogical rights to intervene in their affairs, object their decisions, offend their leaders and intimidate them."
Hariri continued to stress that "It has become certain, in light of the long Iranian series in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain, Yemen, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other countries, that sectarianism is what guides the behavior of Iran and its allies, which has become a landmark of tension and discord in the Arab world."
He went on to indicate that "It may be useful to mention the following points:
-First, limiting the reaction to the death sentences issued by the Saudi judiciary to the sole verdict relating to Sheikh Nimr Al-Nimr, is one aspect of sectarian instincts manipulation, and a deliberate attempt to give those verdicts controversial ideological dimensions, that do not correspond to the truth which includes 46 other persons convicted to death sentences.
-Second, Sheikh Nimr Al-Nimr is a Saudi citizen, subject like all Saudi citizens and residents of the Kingdom to the provisions of Saudi laws. He is not an Iranian citizen who abides by the Basij and the Revolutionary Guards rules, which, by the way, count dozens of death sentences against innocents and objectors to the Wilayet-el Faqih, as well as threats against thousands of Iranians all over the world.
-Third, the insistence to interfere in the internal affairs of the brotherly states, and insult their dignity, their leaders and symbols, is rejected and unacceptable for the umpteenth time. It only aims to offend sister nations who never abandoned Lebanon, keep Lebanon and its people struggling in sectarian strives, and allow foreign interventions in our internal affairs.
-Fourth, we are fully confident that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia adheres to the Islamic and national interest, and the decisions it takes will not contradict this interest in anyway, contrary to what the parties loyal to the Iranian line see. These parties see that the kingdom is an obstacle to foreign expansion and influence.
Accordingly, we believe the kingdom is attached to Lebanon's safety and stability. It will certainly not pay attention to the lies against it and will always be up to its pledge to help Lebanon and preserve its national unity despite the incitement campaigns against it.
In this context, we call on all those who love the kingdom and express their appreciation and respect of its leadership, not to be dragged to sectarian debates, thus walking the road that some voices want by inciting sectarianism and discord.
-Fifth, most of the false accusations against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia voiced by Iran's allies literally apply to the practices of the Syrian regime against its people, at a time when Iran and its tools are fighting alongside this regime that is executing hundreds of thousands of its citizens and displacing millions of them without any accusations or trials.
-Sixth, the Shiites in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Yemen or any other place in the Arab world are citizens of their countries before anything else, just like all the citizens from the other sects. And the Iranian behavior with these citizens as if they are Iranian nationals in their countries represents the biggest flaw that threatens the Islamic world and stirs discord in more than one place and on more than one occasion."
Hariri continued to note that, "The Islamic Republic of Iran carried, since its establishment, the banner of exporting the revolution and establishing Wilayet el-Faqih as a political and religious reference, aiming at gaining the loyalty of Shiites from all over the world. Iran managed, over many years, to achieve political, social and security breaches in a number of Arab and Islamic societies. This established cases of loyalty beyond the boundaries of the homeland, its interest and national fabric."
Hariri concluded: "In these days, we witness a chapter of this imbalance, which continuously targets Saudi Arabia and its stability, sometimes through Bahrain and other times through Yemen, but always through groups who give priority to their loyalty to the Iranian project over any national goal or loyalty. Iran should be aware of the inherent risks behind this imbalance. It should stop exporting the Iranian model to the neighboring countries, as well as the consequences: conflicts, wars and sectarian divisions.
This call also goes to some Shiites leaders in Lebanon, to cooperate and reject the ongoing efforts to stir incitement, and be wise in approaching the challenges and protecting internal stability, which should have the priority over any other allegiance."