Iran: Enemies plotting to spread sectarian conflicts from Syria to Lebanon

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said enemies have hatched plots to spread sectarian and tribal conflicts from Syria to Lebanon, and asked the Lebanese groups to keep fully vigilant.

“Certain signs show that a complicated and multi-dimensional plot influenced by the developments in Syria is being exercised to create sectarian, tribal and religious conflicts in a move to weaken the anti-Israeli resistance front and create insecurity in Lebanon,” Dehqan said in Tehran on Saturday.

He called on different Lebanese groups and parties to keep vigilant against the plots hatched by the enemies to disunite the nation.

Media reports had warned late last month that the US, Saudi and Israeli top security officials have agreed in their secret meetings to strike several targets in Lebanon and Syria.

Prince Bandar Bin Sultan, the Saudi National Security Council Secretary and Head of the Saudi Intelligence who is Riyadh’s man for forming, arming and orchestrating terrorist groups in the region, had a meeting with top US security officials in Washington a few weeks ago, Palestinian weekly al-Manar quoted informed sources as saying late July.

The sources told al-Manar that Bandar Bin Sultan held talks with US vice-presidents during his visit to Washington asking them to let Saudi Arabia supervise operations in Syria and Lebanon.

Bandar Bin Sultan also voiced Riyadh’s readiness to continue support and arms shipments to the terrorist groups in Syria.

The sources added that Prince Bandar has also met with Israel’s top security officials in Tel Aviv where they have devised plans for bombing certain targets inside Syria and Lebanon as well as conducting sabotage activities by terrorist groups in both these countries.

Also in July, the Syrian Dam Press news website reported that Bandar Bin Sultan has been forming terrorist groups in Lebanon.

It noted that Bin Sultan has created several terrorist groups in cooperation with Lebanese politicians, including Head of the Lebanese Al-Mustaqbal party Saad al-Hariri and Samir Jaja.

“Prince Bandar has sent a number of its mercenaries to Lebanon via Syria,” Dam Press quoted informed sources as saying.

The sources noted that Bandar’s mercenaries have had special terrorist trainings in camps of the al-Nusra Front terrorist group and the so-called Free Syrian Army in Syria.

The sources also revealed that the Lebanese Resistance Movement Hezbollah is the main target of Prince Bandar’s terrorists.

Saad al-Hariri and Bandar Bin Sultan had a meeting in the Saudi city of Jeddah in October after a terrorist bomb blast in Beirut which led to the killing of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces Chief, General Wissam al-Hassan.

“At the meeting, the two sides conferred on ways of intensifying tensions in Lebanon through terrorist operations by extremist groups who are supported by the al-Saud regime,” Palestinian weekly al-Manar reported in October.

“Prince Bandar coordinates terrorist operations and blasts in Lebanon with Israel and he occasionally makes secret visits to Tel Aviv,” the weekly quoted informed sources as saying.

“The Jeddah meeting presided by (Saad) al-Hariri was held with the aim of creating chaos in Lebanon, and supporting and expanding terrorism in Syria with the coordination and cooperation of their international and regional allies,” the sources told Al-Manar.

The weekly assessed the meeting as part of the US-Israeli plots in the region aimed at spreading violence in Syria and Lebanon through their regional proxy allies, i.e. Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

By Fars News Agency


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