Aridi: Lebanon is a “an arena for spies”


Public Works and Transportation Minister Ghazi Aridi, a key member of MP Walid Jumblatt’s bloc told Al-Manar television on Saturday that Lebanon is a “an arena for spies,” and if the US could liquidate Hezbollah it would have done so long time ago and the same applies to Israel.

“Lebanon is an arena for spies,” Aridi told Al-Manar television. They all come here through their embassies and I don’t rule out any embassy as far as spying is concerned.

His comments come a day after Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah revealed that 3 members of his organization are spying for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

It was the first such acknowledgment of infiltration by Hezbollah, which prides itself on the discipline of its members, since its establishment in the 1980s.

A spokesman for the US embassy in Beirut denied Nasrallah’s claim that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had recruited three members of the militant group.

“These are the same kind of empty accusations that we have repeatedly heard from Hezbollah,” the spokesperson told reporters shortly after Nasrallah made the allegations in a televised speech via video link and added: “There is no substance to to his accusation. It appears as if Nasrallah was addressing internal problems within Hezbollah with which we have nothing to do.

“Our position towards Hezbollah is well known and has not changed.” The spokesman said

Washington blacklists Iranian and Syrian-backed Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.