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Nasrallah: US, Saudi Arabia and Allies Obstructing Diplomatic Solution

Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary general of the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah, has warned of plots by the US, Saudi Arabia and their regional allies to partition Syria in order to serve the Israeli regime’s interests in the Middle East, Press TV reported.

The “real goal” of the countries that have neither democracy nor elections was not democracy or elections in Syria, Nasrallah said on Tuesday.

"The goal was for Syria to fall and be fragmented and be ripped apart” in line with Israel’s interests, he added.

Nasrallah made the remarks at the Sayyed al-Shohada Complex in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on the ninth day of the lunar month of Muharram.

He said the Daesh Takfiri militants and al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists of "Jabhat al-Nusra", which recently changed its name to Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, “are being used to serve and achieve US and Israeli goals."

 Nasrallah further noted that the US seeks to concentrate Daesh terrorists in eastern Syria, adding that Washington is allowing and "opening the roads for" Daesh militants to flee from Iraq into Syria.

He cited the recent "deliberate action" by the US to launch airstrikes against Syrian army positions in eastern Syria as an example of Washington's attempts to boost Daesh in the region, adding, "US raids on Deir Ezzora were targeting the Syrian army positions so that the whole area would fall to Daesh."

The Hezbollah leader said, "All those who are defending Syria defend the Resistance and look forward to a political solution and not to more bloodshed," but "US, Saudi Arabia and some regional states are demanding crippling conditions to neutralize the political solutions."

Pointing to a recent abortive truce deal between the US and Russia on Syria, the Hezbollah chief said Washington withdrew from the agreement because it called for the separation of Jabhat Fateh al-Sham from other militant groups and the identification and targeting of Daesh and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham positions.

Nasrallah said the US, Saudi Arabia and their regional allies are obstructing a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Syria and worsening the suffering of the Syrian people.

He expressed regret that "more escalation and tensions" is on the horizon in Syria, but called for "perseverance and firm stance" in order to counter the plots of the country's enemies.

The Hezbollah chief said Syria's foes sought "a decisive victory within a few weeks" but have faced stiff resistance from the Syrian government and people and their allies for over five years.

Sana’a carnage major scandal for Saudi Arabia

In another part of his speech, Nasrallah pointed to the recent bloody air raid by Saudi Arabia on a funeral hall in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a and said the strike was a major scandal for Al Saud regime.

Hezbollah leader said some media circles had noted that his remarks on Saudi attack in Sana'a would affect chances of Michel Aoun becoming Lebanon’s next president, which could end a political crisis in the country.

Noting that the demand was tantamount to political blackmail, Nasrallah added, “Even [UN Secretary General] Ban Ki-moon has condemned this strike, although he has always been silent, so how do you want me to remain silent?”

Nasrallah added that the Saudi regime committed a “historic mistake” in Yemen by thinking that it could emerge victorious from the battle within weeks.

The Hezbollah chief condemned the international community’s silence on the bombardment of Yemen by Saudi warplanes and said the world must convince Riyadh that it cannot win this war.

He emphasized that the Sana’a massacre must provide a motive for ending the war in Yemen and added that the Saudi regime has no option but to accept the political solution.

 “Saudi Arabia's insistence on carrying on with the war will not only make it lose Yemen, but will also make it lose itself. The current Saudi leadership is pushing the kingdom to the brink of the abyss,” Nasrallah pointed out, recommending the Saudi rulers to come to their senses.

Here is the official translation of the main points raised by His Imminence according to Al-Manar Website:

 Sayyed Nasrallah: US Wants Fighting in Syria to Continue, Sanaa Massacre “Flagrant Scandal” by Saudis

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said on Tuesday that the US will continue supporting the militants in Syria to go on with fighting the national military.

Speaking at Sayyed AL-Shuhada complex in Dahiyeh on the 10th Eve of Ashura, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that the US has withdrawn from the deal with Russia and has cut the political connections with Moscow after it realized that separating Al-Nusra Front from other terrorist groups is impossible, because relation between both sides is basic, and disassociating Al Nusra will weaken all other groups and make them unable to help the US.

His eminence revealed that the US administration’s plan in to “concentrate” the militants of the so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIL) terrorist group in eastern Syria, i.e. in Raqqa and Deir Ezzor, and along the Iraqi territories, adding that the US war jets helped ISIL militants during the Falluja and Anbar battles and helped them to flee away to Syria after defeat in Iraq instead of bombing them.

Hezbollah Secretary General said that during Mosul operation, the US sought to open road for ISIL to head out of the province to Raqqa and Deir Ezzor in Syria.

“This was proved by the US failure to take part in Raqqa battle,” his eminence said, stressing that the US aerial raids against the Syrian army locations in Deir Ezzor was targeting the army itself to seize control over the air base, so that the whole city will be under ISIL control.

“The US wants ISIL to prevail. ISIL’s presence in north Aleppo is not important anymore for the US. That’s why it left the area for Kurds.”

Sayyed Nasrallah underlined that ISIL and Nusra terrorist groups are being used to serve the Israeli objectives, noting that the Israelis were the first people who voiced objection to the US-Russia deal on Syria.

“There is no political solutions waging in Syria… This signifies that the region is still open to more tension, escalation and confrontations… Steadfastness in the battlefield is required,” his eminence said.

Sayyed Nasrallah stressed, moreover, that Saudi Arabia refuses the political solution in Syria, stating that the Saudi goal “is not to prevail democracy or to hold elections in Syria, but to defeat Syria in favor of the Israelis,” because it constitutes the cornerstone of the Resistance.

“That’s why they refuse any political solution and want to keep the bloodshed. That’st what the US and ‘Israel’ want and what some regional and Gulf states help to achieve,” he said, adding that “if it [Saudi Arabia] wants good for the Syrian people, it has to accept the political solution, lining up the transitional government and holding the election” without putting conditions on presidency candidates.

“Don’t you say that this president [Bashar Al-Assad] has lost his popular support? Let him gets down through elections,” his eminence told Saudis.

Sayyed Nasrallah tackled the humanitarian deterioration in Syria, pointing at the Foua and Kefraya towns that are blockaded in northern countryside of Idlib province, revealing that the Syrian government is ready to negotiate any solution regarding those two towns, along with Zabadani and Madaya, but the armed groups and their sponsor states are blocking every solution.

Touching on the conflicts among the armed groups in Syria, Sayyed Nasrallah told the Syrian army: “If you hand Syria to those people [armed groups], if the Syrian leadership, army and people fail to steadfast, if Syria falls into the hands of those people, Syria’s present and future will be the same as the infighting among those factions who have no sense or culture or constraints, but serve states, embassies and intelligence services.”

Blood of Yemenis Will Drag Saudis to the Bottom of History

Hezbollah Secretary General stressed that terrorism in the world owes Saudi Arabia the money and the ideology, asking: “where are the hundreds of millions of dollars? Where are you going while being unable to defend your border positions against the barefoot Yemenis?”

“The available solution today is that Saudi rulers go back to their sense and take the advice from their allies,” his eminence said, adding: “If it has any single friend in this world, let him advice its rulers to stop shedding the blood of civilians. Otherwise, this blood will drag them to the bottom of history.”

Sayyed Nasrallah commented on the massacre committed by Saudi Arabia in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, stating that it represents “flagrant scandal by the Saudi regime because no one can claim that the attacked hall was close to military positions,” adding that the Saudis are still denying their crime and refusing to open international investigation.

“Saudi Arabia does not allow the injured to leave the country [for recovery] and does not allow the medical aids to reach them,” the Secretary General said, calling for turning the massacre into a way to end the war and to convince the Saudis that they have no hope to triumph, and that the oppressed Yemeni blood will be the victorious.

“You should know that there is no future for this war at all, and that Saudi Arabia’s insistence to proceed with the war on Yemen will end up in a loss. The Saudi leadership will be dragged into abyss,” he stressed.

Sayyed Nasrallah made it clear that Saudis made a huge mistake when they thought they can end the battle in Yemen within weeks, stating that the “arrogant mind who oppressed Yemenis and considered then inferior imagine that the Yemenis would flee and surrender once he declares war against them.

“This misunderstanding is caused by this mind. For more than a year and a half of fierce war on the Yemeni people , hospitals, mosques, tombs, cities, villages, markets and ships, is there something that hasn’t been bombed yet in Yemen? Even though, Yemenis have persevered in spite of the international silence.

Sayyed Nasrallah: Agreement is required to elect the President of the Republic

Domestically, the Secretary General of Hezbollah stressed that everyone agrees to maintain security, stability and civil peace, and pointed out that this commitment must be categorical among all the Lebanese and the residents in Lebanon, whether they are refugees or displaced people, confirming that civil peace and stability are the basis of politics, economy and elections.

His eminence said that Lebanese were able to maintain security and stability despite the sharp political division among them, stating that “it seems that there is an international will to keep on Lebanon,” calling for the expressing support to the army and security services independent from any political reservations.

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah called his allies and friends to return to the government under the condition of being committed to partnership, and to work hard to open the doors of the House of Representatives at the legislative level.

“We, in Hezbollah, believe that the Council should meet and work naturally. Efforts should be made to reach a conclusion,” he said.

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah announced his support to any positive political transformations that may reach to a presidential outcome, reaffirming his support to MP Michel Aoun.

His eminence pointed out that there are some people who work to take advantage of the presidential developments to make a rift between Hezbollah and other political factions without caring for the presidency.

Hezbollah Secretary General called upon the Lebanese people to make efforts for understanding and convergence to elect a president and form a national unity government in which everyone starts preparing for the parliamentary elections.

“We don’t want to employ the regional developments in Lebanon,” he stressed.

On Ashura Central March that will be held on Wednesday, Sayyed Nasrallah called for wide participation to renew the pledge to Imam Hussein (As) grandson of Prophet Mohamad (PbUH) and to express solidarity with Resistance, stressing that the slogan of this year’s march will be “All of Us Are #Yemen.”

H.M./ M.A.


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