Houri: The Lebanese expats paid the price

March 14 MP Ammar Houri said on Monday that the Lebanese expatriates in Bahrain paid the price of Hezbollah’s interference in the internal affairs of the country .

“What were the consequences? Did this not result in the deportation of Lebanese from Arab states?” he asked during an interview with New TV.

In comments to newspapers published Monday, Lebanon’s ambassador to Bahrain Aziz Qazzi confirmed that more than a dozen Lebanese working in Bahrain have been ordered to leave the country following Nasrallah’s public support for protests on the island.

Houri said Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah interfered in Bahraini domestic politics by supporting one group against the other.

Houri asked :“Did March 14 interfere in the Syrian internal affairs ? Our stance was one of non-interference in the domestic affairs of any state because we demand non-interference in ours.”

Addressing the relations between Lebanon and Bahrain , Caretaker PM Saad Hariri said last Wednesday:

“We’re working together with our brothers in the Gulf, especially with our Bahraini brothers, to end the repercussions of the irresponsible and unjustified political alignment which has nothing to do with Lebanese patriotism or Arab nationalism. It’s rather part of the Iranian plot which I have described as an attempt to dominate Lebanon and the Arab region.”

He was reportedly referring to the travel ban imposed by Bahrain against travel to Lebanon when Hezbollah openly sided with the protesters against the government . Bahrain branded Hezbollah a “terrorist organization”.

Bahrain interior minister Sheikh Rashed bin Abdullah al-Khalifa linked Hezbollah to the protests during his address to the parliament on March 29

He accused the predominantly Shiite protesters of being linked to” the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, “as proven by the demonstrators’ methods as well as statements of support from the Lebanese Shiite group and Tehran.”

“All this reveals a link and the training style of Hezbollah,” the interior minister said.

Kuwaiti newspaper As-Seyyasah reported last month that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states are heading toward “making a collective decision to expel all Lebanese Shiites who are connected to Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.”

“ These states received proven reports from Bahraini, French, and US intelligence that Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard members are, along with local religious figures, leading the protests in Bahrain and eastern Saudi Arabia,” the daily quoted an anonymous Arab diplomat as saying.

Update: Lebanon’s Ambassador to Bahrain Aziz Qazzi told Free Lebanon radio that the Lebanese expatriates who were expelled from Bahrain are not affiliated with any parties, but they are hard workers whose main concern is supporting their families.

  • Hannibal

    That outcome was intended by HA… Now they have more men on the borders… I mean the Northern Dahia borders not the South with Israel as all is quiet on the Southern front.

  • That outcome was intended by HA… Now they have more men on the borders… I mean the Northern Dahia borders not the South with Israel as all is quiet on the Southern front.

  • eliasfd

    here we go again we’re blaming each other for problems overseas. First its the responsibility of Hariri to appease Bahrain and try his best to keep the Lebanese working overseas. Its also the responsibility of our leaders no matter what party they belong to tone down their attacks so we all can make a living. Attacks on Bahrain or Iran or any foreign countries is not helping us in any way shape or form. So time for these leaders to buckle up and keep these things to themselves and stop siding with foreign country over another. We have so many problems internally and adding more unemployed Lebanese to the pot will make our situation even more worse then already is. Enough worrying about protecting foreign interest and let’s protect our interest and dig with hands and feet to see what we can do to solve our problems. we’re not a true nation and i can say that for many middle eastern countries but its not really not my business. I want Lebanon to live in peace and prosperity and I am tired of these leaders on both sides messing up the lives our brethren who work hard overseas to make a living for their families.
    We need to save our Lebanese who are in Ivory Coast getting terrorized by these thugs over there. we need to fix the jail problems and release those who should not be there in the first place. we need to fix our roads, water and Electricity problems. why are we worried what Bahrain or Iran or Syria or anybody else. Let’s worry about each other for God’s sake.

  • Anonymous

    here we go again we’re blaming each other for problems overseas. First its the responsibility of Hariri to appease Bahrain and try his best to keep the Lebanese working overseas. Its also the responsibility of our leaders no matter what party they belong to tone down their attacks so we all can make a living. Attacks on Bahrain or Iran or any foreign countries is not helping us in any way shape or form. So time for these leaders to buckle up and keep these things to themselves and stop siding with foreign country over another. We have so many problems internally and adding more unemployed Lebanese to the pot will make our situation even more worse then already is. Enough worrying about protecting foreign interest and let’s protect our interest and dig with hands and feet to see what we can do to solve our problems. we’re not a true nation and i can say that for many middle eastern countries but its not really not my business. I want Lebanon to live in peace and prosperity and I am tired of these leaders on both sides messing up the lives our brethren who work hard overseas to make a living for their families.
    We need to save our Lebanese who are in Ivory Coast getting terrorized by these thugs over there. we need to fix the jail problems and release those who should not be there in the first place. we need to fix our roads, water and Electricity problems. why are we worried what Bahrain or Iran or Syria or anybody else. Let’s worry about each other for God’s sake.