State Minister Mohammad Fneish a key member of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militant group voiced his suspicion in the intentions and politics of the US-led international alliance to combat the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, and said that Lebanon could not join it.
“US and its allies created and trained these takfiri movements. We have stated that Lebanon cannot be a part of an alliance led by the US,” Fneish told Al-Akhbar newspaper in remarks published Friday.
Fneish also said that Hezbollah representatives in the cabinet have voiced their rejection of abiding by any commitments, including the use of its aerial space and airports to strike the IS jihadists.
On September 11, US President Barack Obama announced his country’s commitment to wipe out IS, which declared an Islamic “caliphate” in northern Iraq and Syria, and caught the world’s attention with a string of atrocities after a lightning offensive in June.
Iran has been excluded from joining the alliance to combat the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group because of its support to the Syrian regime and Hezbollah which has been fighting alongside the regime of Syrian president Bashar al Assad.
Fneish’s comments come days after Lebanon Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil signed the Jeddah Communique pledging regional military cooperation against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
It is worth mentioning that Bassil is MP Michel Aoun’s son-in-law. The FPM leader has been closely allied with Hezbollah since 2006