Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam spoke to Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya TV on Monday in order to discuss the current political climate in Lebanon and to issue a plea for assistance from Saudi Arabia.
Premier Salam promised Saudi Arabia that Lebanon would not break the Arab consensus while also calling on Hezbollah’s Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah to cease his organization’s attacks on the Gulf states.
“I tell Saudi Arabia that we will hold onto our historic relations with the Kingdom, and we cannot forget what the have done for Lebanon,” Salam told Al-Arabiya on Monday.
“We urge Saudi Arabia and the Gulf to motivate us to rectify our path. We are with the Arab consensus; this is our strength,” he corroborated.
“The Prime Minister in Lebanon is the spokesperson of the government. We, in Lebanon, are walking in a mine field and the government is enduring. Hezbollah is interfering in foreign affairs and we hope its return to the nation,” he explained.
“There must be an agreement. And to our Arab brothers, I say, do not leave Lebanon,” he implored, highlighting the obligation to preserve internal stability.
“The choice of the state is ours. We must beef up the state instead of undermining it. The presence of a Lebanese [side] like Hezbollah outside Lebanon endangers the country. Nobody wants us to head towards a fragile futurel. We shall not relinquish our Arabism, even if there has been a certain mistake here or there,” he added.
Salam concluded by telling Al-Arabiya that Hezbollah is a “key player” in Lebanese politics.