Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal warned Iran not to continue its support of Hezbollah’s “coup” in Lebanon.
“Iran's relations with all Arab countries -- if not all Islamic countries -- would be affected if Iran was supporting the coup that took place in Lebanon,” Faisal said [AFP, 13 May].
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad immediately accused Faisal of following his own agenda in Lebanon, even ignoring the wishes of Saudi King Abdullah.
“Out of respect to His Excellency King Abdullah, I will not respond to Saudi Foreign Minister’s comments,” Ahmadinejad told reporters in Tehran today. “I do remember when we came to an understanding with King Abdullah to form a joint ad-hoc committee to resolve Lebanese problems, al-Faisal said they could resolve the problems by themselves” [Fars News Agency, 13 May 2008]
Ahmadinejad declared that “Iran is the only country that does not interfere in Lebanon.”
Faisal’s comments came after six days of deadly sectarian fighting between Iranian- and Syrian-baked Hezbollah-led alliance of Shia militias and their junior Christian and Sunni partners against US- and Saudi-backed Siniora government supported by Hariri’s Future Movement and Jumblatt’s Druze militias.