MESOP NEWS QUOTATIONS ad LEBANON – SAAD HARIRIS WORDS : Referring to Hezbollah on Saturday, Hariri said:

“Iran’s arm…has managed to impose a fait accompli on Lebanon through the power of its weapons….They have built a state within a state.

I say to Iran and its allies — you have lost in your efforts to meddle in the affairs of the Arab world.

4 Nov 2017 – Iran and Israel quickly offered reactions to the surprise news. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said:

The resigning Lebanese Prime Minister’s repetition of the unrealistic and unfounded accusations of the Zionists, Saudis and Americans against Iran is an indication that this resignation is a new scenario for creating tension in Lebanon and the region.But we believe that the resistant people of Lebanon will pass this stage easily.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu countered that the resignation was “a wake-up call for the international community to take action against the Iranian aggression”. More via