Lebanese leader Al-Hariri criticises Nasrallah's pro-Assad speech

Ahram Online , Friday 15 Nov 2013

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah made a speech on the occasion of Ashura, a Shiite festival, pledging support for the Syrian regime

Lebanese ex-Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri (Photo: AP)

Lebanon's former prime minister Saad Al-Hariri criticised a Thursday speech by Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Hezbollah, in which Nasrallah emphasised his backing for the regime of Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad.

"It is very shameful to turn the commemorations of Ashura [a Shiite festival] into an occasion to express support with an unjust regime against tyrannised people," said Al-Hariri who is the head of the Future Movement which leads the 14 March Coalition against the Hezbollah-controlled 8 March Alliance.

The Sunni leader said that Nasrallah refuses to take Lebanon out of the "Syrian fire," accusing him of depending on Iranian "money and weaponry" to direct his power against the Lebanese and Syrian people.

Al-Hariri argued that the Shiite movement will not succeed in imposing its own terms on Lebanese politics.

During a speech in front of tens of thousands of Lebanese Shiites marking Ashura in southern Beirut, Nasrallah said that Hezbollah fighters will keep fighting alongside Al-Assad's forces as long as is necessary.

"As long as the reasons (to fight in Syria) remain, our presence there will remain," Reuters quoted the Lebanese Shiite leader as saying.

"Our fighters are present on Syrian soil...to confront all the dangers it faces from the international, regional and takfiri attack on this country and region."

Hezbollah has helped turn the tide in Assad's favour this year, leading the recapture of the town of Qusair and fighting alongside his forces south of Damascus and in the northern city of Aleppo.

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