BEIRUT (Dispatches) – Lebanon’s Hezbollah says the next government must bring together all sides so that it can tackle the country’s worst economic crisis in decades.
"How can a government of one color tackle a crisis this dangerous?” Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech. "The crisis requires that everyone stand together.”
The leader of the Shia resistance movement said Hezbollah insists on its ally the FPM - Lebanon’s largest Christian political bloc - taking part in the new cabinet.
He added that he hoped a new prime minister would be named on Monday, but said that even so, forming the government would not be easy.
Lebanon urgently needs a new administration to pull it out of the crisis. Foreign donors will only give support after the country gets a cabinet that can enact reforms.
Talks between Lebanon’s main parties have been deadlocked since Saad al-Hariri resigned as prime minister in late October amid protests.
The secretary general of Lebanon’s resistance movement also said that Hezbollah poses a considerable threat to the scenarios developed by the United States and the Zionist regime to be implemented in the Middle East.
"The U.S. is doing its utmost to depict Hezbollah as a threat to Lebanon. Americans are actually vying for their own interests and those of Israel. The interests of the Lebanese nation are not a matter of concern to them at all. The U.S. is paying out millions of dollars as part of its attempts to sully the image of Hezbollah, yet such bids are all doomed to failure,” Nasrallah said.
He added that Washington is lying and disseminating fake news about the recent wave of anti-government protests in Lebanon, noting that U.S. statesmen are exercising such a practice as they are beset with their own problems and desperately trying to get to grips with them.
The leader of the Lebanese resistance movement further noted that the U.S. is unable to sideline Hezbollah and push it away from Lebanon’s political arena, describing Washington’s approach vis-à-vis the Arab country’s domestic issues as "silly and improper.”