Hezbollah official: Hariri ‘knows what to do’


Hezbollah deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem told As Safir newspaper in remarks published Saturday in response to accusations by Prime Minister Saad Hariri : “He knows what to do and the ball is in his court.”

Qassem said Hezbollah played its role fully and the responsibility now lies on the other party to guarantee the success of the Saudi and Syrian mediation to solve the Lebanese crisis.

Saudi and Syrian officials have reportedly been working on a compromise that would resolve tensions in Lebanon over the imminent STL indictment . Reports say that the STL may soon indict Hezbollah members in its investigation of the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri, father of Saad the current prime minister.

PM Hariri said during an interview with the Al-Hayat newspaper that was published on Friday that the Saudi-Syrian (S-S) agreement on reducing tension in Lebanon had been finalized a long time ago, even before King Abdullah , traveled to New York for the treatment but blamed Hezbollah and its March 8 allies for not living up to their end of the deal.

Hariri also said : “ I will not implement any commitment I made before the other party ( read Hezbollah) implements what it said it would commit to and added ‘anything else is an attempt to sabotage the Saudi-Syrian efforts.”

” This is the major base of the Syrian-Saudi efforts”. Hariri stressed

Hariri said he decided to break his months-long silence to defend the Saudi-Syrian process against a campaign aimed at distorting it. “I have kept silent for months. Now, I have broken silence just because I am responsible and concerned with protecting this process in the interest of the country and its stability.”

Hariri did not reveal the details of the Saudi-Syrian deal, but his political adviser, Mohammad Shatah, said during an interview on Friday that the Saudi-Syrian deal is aimed at achieving stability in Lebanon, by taking specific steps to reduce political tension, such as restoring contacts between Lebanese factions, ensuring that state institutions return to serving the public and following up on the issue of Lebanese-Syrian ties.

“We are pushing towards a solution … but in agreements there isn’t anything called an 80 percent or 90 percent success. They would either be implemented or not,” he told the newspaper

“We are now waiting for the official Syrian and Saudi announcement that the settlement succeeded,” Qassem said.