BEIRUT (Dispatches) – Hezbollah’s deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem has slammed the United States for interfering in Lebanon’s internal affairs, the National News Agency reported.
"U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo does not want Hezbollah to have a role in the coming government while the party represents part of the Lebanese population,” Qassem said.
Qassem also noted that the Zionist regime and the U.S. are benefitting from the latest developments in Lebanon and they are behind any civil conflict in the country.
Lebanon has been witnessing nationwide protests since Oct. 17 with protesters calling upon the resignation of the current ruling political class.
In the latest development, the office of caretaker Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said it appealed to more friendly states on Saturday to help it import essential goods as it wrestles with an acute economic crisis and hard currency shortages.
Hariri wrote to the leaders of Germany, Britain and Spain on Saturday to request help in securing credit for imports, having made the same appeal on Friday to Saudi Arabia, France, Russia, Turkey, China, and Egypt.
The letters were part of efforts to "deal with the liquidity shortage and to secure basic import needs for citizens ... to secure continued food security and raw materials for production”, his office said.
Lebanon’s economic crisis, the worst since its 1975-90 civil war, has spiraled into a financial crunch since the eruption of protests against the ruling elite in October.
The economic crisis is rooted in decades of corruption and waste that have made Lebanon one of the world’s most heavily indebted states.
Hariri, running a caretaker government, resigned as prime minister on Oct. 29, prompted by the protests which have taken aim at corruption.