Saad Hariri: Don’t abandon us

Updated 23 February 2016
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Saad Hariri: Don’t abandon us

BEIRUT: Former Lebanese prime minister Saad Al-Hariri has urged Saudi Arabia not to abandon Lebanon.
Hariri called on Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman “not to forgo Lebanon and to continue to support and embrace it.” He was speaking in a televised address.
Hariri said Lebanon would “not be a protectorate for Iranian policies in the region.” He said: “We are here to confirm in the loudest voice that nobody will be able to cancel Lebanon’s Arabness.”
In a statement Monday, Lebanon’s Prime Minister Tammam Salam said he will head a ministerial delegation to visit Gulf states in the near future.
Salam says it is necessary to rectify relations between Lebanon and its “brothers,” and “remove the stains” that surfaced recently. Salam said Lebanon will maintain its policy of “disassociation” from regional conflicts.


Iran’s Khamenei warns govt about deception by European states

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Iran’s Khamenei warns govt about deception by European states

  • Khamenei said US hostility towards Iran is clear

DUBAI: Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday warned his country’s government not to be deceived by European signatories of the nuclear deal with major powers, now under threat after a US withdrawal.
“America’s enmity toward Iran is obvious. Our enemies’ heart is full of enmity toward the Islamic Republic ... our officials should not be deceived by the Europeans ... don’t be fooled by Europeans,” Khamenei said, state TV reported.
Washington’s major European allies opposed US President Donald Trump’s decision to abandon the deal and have been trying to salvage the pact.