The leader of the Future Movement Saad Hariri returned to Lebanon over the weekend after a long hiatus, during which he attempted to dictate the country’s politics while living abroad.
Upon his arrival for the 11th anniversary of his father’s assassination, the former Lebanese Prime Minister would deliver a statement to his peers that focused on criticizing Hezbollah’s role in Syria and Iran’s presence in the region.
Hariri asserted that Lebanon would never become an “Iranian province” that is hostile to Saudi Arabia.
He added “we will not allow anyone to pull Lebanon to the camp of hostility toward Saudi Arabia and its Arab brothers. Lebanon will not be, under any circumstances, an Iranian province. We are Arabs and Arabs we shall remain.”
Known for his lavish lifestyle and his tremendous wealth that was attained by his father during the Lebanese Civil War, Saad Hariri enjoys political backing from Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies.
Hariri has been accused of being the catalyst behind the terrorism that has tainted the country and its neighbor Syria.
The former Prime Minister would conclude his speech by urging Lebanese politicians to place their vote for the presidency after several failed attempts at a political settlement.