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Iranian FM to Lebanese counterpart: Diplomacy only solution to regional crises

FNA – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a message to his Lebanese counterpart Gebran Bassil described resort to diplomacy and talks as the only way to resolve the crises in the region.

“The military option is not a solution to the regional crises and the only solution is diplomacy and respecting the rights of all sides,” Zarif was quoted as saying by the Arabic-language al-Mayadeen news channel on Tuesday.

He also underscored that the opportunity should be created for Lebanese President Michel Aoun to adopt proper measures independent from foreign views.

Zarif’s message was sent after a leading Lebanese daily revealed that Saudi Arabia is hatching plots to dismiss Aoun from his post, adding that certain western states are also mulling the issue.

The Arabic-language al-Akhbar newspaper reported that Saudi Arabia is insanely plotting to fight against the resistance front and expand its control over Lebanon.

The paper quoted sources in Riyadh as saying that Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri will remain like a captive even after leaving Saudi Arabia so that he will focus all its power on one goal, attacking Hezbollah.

Also, Saudi Arabia has decided to start a new phase to fight against its opponents in Lebanon, including Aoun.

The country has also consulted with the Americans and is attempting, in collaboration with its affiliated groups in Lebanon, to cut Hezbollah’s hand from the Lebanese government and provoke people, specially the Christians, against the resistance group.

Meantime, certain US and even European circles have been speaking about ousting Aoun and finding a replacement for him, according to al-Akhbar.

After Hariri’s resignation in Riyadh earlier this month, Aoun said that the Lebanese premier has been “kidnapped” and must have immunity.

Meanwhile, in a statement released by Aoun’s office, the Lebanese president expressed concern over Hariri’s situation and said the premier was living in a “dubious” situation in Saudi Arabia. He added that anything Hariri has said or may say “does not reflect reality” due to the mystery of his situation.

Hariri announced his resignation on November 4, citing several reasons, including the security situation in Lebanon, for his sudden decision. He also said that he realized a plot being hatched against his life.

Hariri also accused Iran and the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah, of meddling in the Arab countries’ affairs; an allegation the two have rejected.

The Lebanese prime minister announced his resignation following visits to Saudi Arabia.

The resignation also came less than a month after he announced plans to join a coalition government with Hezbollah.