Bahrain’s Foreign Minister criticized Lebanon’s “fake unity ” on Friday and said it is controlled by a “terrorist agent, in reference to Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah
“Lebanon is a great country that was ruled by respectful leaders such as Bechara al-Khoury, Camille Chammoun, Saeb Salam and Rafik Hariri but today, unfortunately, it is controlled by a terrorist agent,” Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said on his Twitter page.
Commenting on Arab league’s criticism of Nasrallah he said:
“The Arab League’s statement concerning the terrorist Nasrallah is as clear as the daylight,”
The Arab League rejected the recent criticism of Bahrain by the leader of Lebanon’s Shiite Hezbollah group, declaring it a “clear incitement to violence and terrorism.”
Nasrallah last week criticized the Sunni rulers of Bahrain for naturalizing new citizens — mostly Sunnis — as a means to change the demographic makeup of the Shiite majority Gulf country.
Nasrallah also condemned the Bahraini authorities for detaining a leader of the main Shiite opposition group, the al-Wefaq party.
Hezbollah’s opponents frequently accuse the group’s leader of being an Israeli agent.
The 22-nation Arab League called on the Lebanese government on Thursday to take a clear position on comments that the bloc said amounted to “meddling” in another country’s affairs.
Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil rejected the Arab league statement, saying Lebanese ” national unity “is more important than Arab solidarity.
Bassil is the son-in-law of Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun, a close ally of the Iranian backed Hezbollah militant group.
In his Twitter response Friday, Khalifa said that the Lebanese delegation to the Arab League favors “fake national unity” over Arab unity, claiming that the Gulf Cooperation Council has saved Lebanon from strife and never failed to support it.
A backer of the Bahraini uprising ( which started in early 2011 but crushed later by Saudi Arabia ) , Nasrallah in a speech last week accused the Bahraini government of being “tyrannical and oppressive.”
He also compared the Bahraini government’s behavior to the “Zionist project” which established Israel, accusing it of naturalizing Sunnis from across the region to change the country’s majority-Shiite demographic, who form the bulk of the opposition.
Lebanese envoys in the Arabian Gulf states ( GCC) have been summoned by the Foreign ministries of Bahrain , UAE and Saudi Arabia to protest against Nasrallah’s remarks.
Hezbolloh has been designated as a terrorist organization by the GCC countries for incitement of violence and terrorism .
Several March 14 Lebanese leaders also blasted Nasrallah over his remarks on Bahrain
Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt who is a centrist also criticized on Friday Nasrallah’s remarks : ” They are unacceptable and we have to take into consideration the hundreds of thousands of Lebanese who live in the Gulf.”