Last week, Al Jazeera reported that during his visit to Lebanon, Erdogan presented a proposal to postpone by a year the filing of the [international court] indictments in the Hariri case. According to the proposal, Arab and regional elements will use this time to tighten relations between Iran and Arab countries in order to maintain stability in Lebanon and promote a dialogue between Fatah and Hamas.
Meanwhile, a senior French source told London-based newspaper al-Hayat that the Hariri indictments will be filed even “if Hizbullah tries to take the government down.” The source noted that the existing budget is sufficient to file an indictment.
Also this week, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei met with [current] Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Tehran and welcomed the tightening of ties between Hariri and Nasrallah. “As long as the Zionists continue to exist, Lebanon needs the forces of resistance led by Hizbullah which is supported by Iran,” he said.
“If it could, the Zionist regime would have moved towards Beirut and Tripoli to encircle Syria. Resistance is the only means to stop the Zionist regime.” Khamenei also stressed that internal divisions in Lebanon serve Israel’s interests. During their meeting, Hariri said Lebanon will not endorse sanctions on Iran and stated that Beirut supports Tehran’s right to maintain nuclear technology for civilian purposes.
Posted on December 1, 2010
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