Bassil reflected Hezbollah’s not Lebanon’s stance at Arab FM meeting , report

Gebran-Bassil- NYCFree Patriotic Movement leader  Gebran Bassil on Sunday expressed Lebanon’s rejection of an Arab League statement condemning Hezbollah over alleged interference in Bahrain.

“This Lebanese stance is based on Lebanon’s interest in preserving the region’s stability and its domestic unity and stability,” Bassil  who was  attending  a meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo  as  Lebanon’s FM  told the group.

“We came here to express solidarity with Saudi Arabia against the attacks on its diplomatic missions in Iran and we rejected a statement linking Hezbollah to acts of terror,” the minister  who is closely allied with Hezbollah told reporters after the meeting.

Protesters in Tehran stormed the Saudi embassy and a Saudi consulate elsewhere in the country after Saudi Arabia executed prominent Shiite cleric and opposition leader Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr earlier this month.

The session was requested by Saudi Arabia to discuss the attacks. The ensuing crisis has seen Saudi Arabia and several Arab states cut or downgrade diplomatic ties with Iran.

The meeting’s closing statement condemned Iran over the attacks on the Saudi diplomatic missions and alleged interference in the affairs of several Arab countries.

Against the backdrop of the Iranian-Saudi row, Riyadh’s ally Bahrain announced Wednesday that it had dismantled a “terror” cell linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

The alleged cell was planning to carry out a “series of dangerous bombings” in the tiny Sunni-ruled kingdom, a Bahraini interior ministry statement said.

Flags of FPM and Hezbollah. The 2 have been allies since 2006
Flags of FPM and Hezbollah. The 2 have been allies since 2006

“A secret terrorist plot aided by the so-called Iranian Revolutionary Guard and the Hezbollah terrorist organization was foiled,” Bahrain’s BNA news agency reported last week.

“It targeted the security of the kingdom of Bahrain by (plotting to) carry out a series of dangerous bombings,” it added.

The Interior Ministry arrested six people. Two of the suspects managed to escape the country, with one of them finding refuge in Iran, it said.

The “terrorist cell” was allegedly headed by twin brothers, Ali and Mohamed Fakhrawi, according to the report..

The detained are believed to be members of the “Quroob al-Basta” group, which the Bahraini authorities blame for the attack on July 28, 2015. A powerful blast outside a girls’ school in the village of Sitra killed two policemen and wounded six others.

Ali Fakharawi traveled to Iran in 2011 to contact the country’s Revolutionary Guard and arrange “logistic and financial support” for his network in Bahrain, the report said.

Bahrain's Al Wefaq party  leader Ali Salman is shown  in a file photo with Hezbollah chief Hassan Nassrallah.  A Bahraini court  sentenced last June  Salman  to 4 years in prison  . Salman who studied in the  Iranian city of Qum is closely associated with the Iranian leaders and favors the Wilayat al Faqih System
Bahrain’s Al Wefaq party leader Ali Salman is shown in a file photo with Hezbollah chief Hassan Nassrallah. A Bahraini court sentenced last June Salman to 4 years in prison . Salman who studied in the Iranian city of Qum is closely associated with the Iranian leaders and favors the Wilayat al Faqih System

Another group member allegedly met with Hezbollah leader,  Hassan Nasrallah, in Beirut’s suburbs in 2012 and received $20,000.
Bahrain has previously accused Iran of supporting terrorists in the country.

Hezbollah has been accused on several occasions of interfering in Bahrain’s internal affairs . The Bahraini government presented on several occasions proofs of Hezbollah’s involvement

One observer told Ya Libnan ” This is bad news for Lebanon.  It appears that Bassil ‘s new title should be ” Foreign Minister of Hezbollah, Lebanon”

  • master09

    Why the dress wearing. Party after camera pose.

    • DaveTheRave

      Bearded Ladies. Transvestism translates to ‘higher authority’. Also older churches etc (sans beard in many). It’s de riguer for the serious and ‘transcendent’ angle. Fanatic devotees love it.

  • Fauzia45

    This is no surprise !!

  • 5thDrawer

    “Wilayat al Faqih System” … always asks the question: ‘Wila yat all Faqih Around With Other Systems?’ … to which the answer is usually; ‘We must resisit them, so, Yes’.

  • DaveTheRave

    Where the hell is the spray of flowers in the bottom pic? You know funds are tight when all you got is a blinged up tissue box cover. Povo.

  • Crossed

    Lebanon should leave the joke called the Arab league. We have nothing in common with them. The saudis are terrorist that rob their own ignorant people blind. We vow Lebanon will never sleep like the people of the gulf are sleeping.

  • 5thDrawer

    I believe several ‘observers’ have said that about Bassil – long before this.
    As an observation, we might also contemplate that if the guy on the right had looked as DOZY as the guy on the left, Lebanon may never have been in this predicament.
    When ‘Image is everything’, human nature does us in.

  • Y K

    Bassil and his Aounite comrades-in-arms are “Free”, “Patriotic”, and – last but not least – “Christian”. What a sad joke.