Skip to comments.Lebanon-Hariri crisis: Tillerson warns against Saudi-Iran proxy war
Posted on 11/11/2017 2:03:33 AM PST by Nextrush
US Secretary of State has warned other countries against using Lebanon for proxy conflicts, following a crisis triggered by the resignation of its Prime Minister, Saad Hariri.
Iran and its Lebanese ally, the militant Shia group Hezbollah, claim the Saudis detained Mr. Hariri and forced his resignation.
Mr. Tillerson said he had received assurances that Mr. Hariri was free.
Mr. Hariri resigned a week ago while in Saudi capital, Riyadh.
"There is no legitimate place or role in Lebanon for any foreign forces, militias or armed elements other than the legitimate security forces of the Lebanese state" Mr. Tillerson said in a statement.....
Mr. Tillerson encouraged the prime minister to return to Lebanon and clarify the situation so the government could function, expressing concern about how the crisis might affect the stability of the fragile coalition.
What is US policy on Saudi-Lebanon crisis?
The delay in response from America's top diplomat-it took him six days to respond to the crisis-has renewed criticism that the US lacks a strategy for the crucial region.........
(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.com ...
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is calling for the Lebanese Prime Minister who resigned in Saudi Arabia last weekend to return home. He wants a backdown to ease tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Iran is really snapping up advantages on the ground, while ISIS is collapsing and Saudi Arabia is in turmoil.
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warned other countries against using Lebanon for proxy conflicts....About 40 years too late for the US to worry about that. 29 of which they were occupied by Syria, most of the rest dominated to various degrees by Hezbollah.
Wapo has interesting background piece . Saudi now wants hariri older brother in charge because he is a hardliner
Prince Aziz something .former business partner of hariri is dead.
Grandson of king fahd has fled to iran
This is still in rumor category
Will T Rex provide a platoon of marines to protect Hariri during the formal resignation in Lebanon?
I was thinking the same thing...maybe old Rex would like to accompany PM Hariri back to Lebanon until things can be sorted out.
I’d say the Israeli army will be fighting Hezbollah soon.
Longer, I’m sure.
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