Saudi Arabia Doesn’t Want To Help Lebanon

SPA

has shown “no enthusiasm” in regards to providing support for in order to prevent its possible collapse, according to the Nidaa Al-Watan newspaper on Monday.

On Saturday, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman spoke by phone with French President to discuss joint cooperation between and , as well as the latest regional developments and issues of common interest.

During the phone call, Macron and Prince Mohammed Bin Salman broke addressed the political failure in the Lebanese files.

The newspaper obtained information from sources following up on the Lebanese file, that Macron brought up the possibility of providing help for to prevent its collapse.

However, it was to no good. publicly made it clear that it believes “the Lebanese should pick their choices better.”

“Support can not be provided for those who choose to share governance with Hezbollah and ,” Nida Al-Watan said, quoting its sources.

will not help those who pursue an alliance with those who fight it and seek to destabilize it,” they added.

For years now, and , two powerful countries. have been locked in a fierce struggle for regional dominance.

Demonstrators hold posters of Nimr Baqir al-Nimr and shout slogans during a protest rally outside the embassy of against the execution of prominent Saudi Shia cleric Nimr Baqir al-Nimr by Saudi authorities, in Tehran, on January 2016. (Photo by Anadolu Agency)

The old conflict between them has been largely led by religious differences. They each follow one of the two main branches of Islam, where is largely Shia Muslim, while considers itself as the leading Sunni Muslim power.

However, in the past 15 years in particular, the differences between and have been emphasized by a series of events.

The 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq brought the downfall of Saddam Hussein, a Sunni Arab who was known for being against .

While in 2011, and exploited uprisings across the Arab world for their own benefit, including , Bahrain, and Yemen, further heightening mutual suspicions.

Meanwhile in , ’s ally, Shia militia group , leads a politically powerful bloc and controls a huge, heavily armed fighting force.

’s King Salman with ’s Designate Prime Minister . (Photo by SPA)

Many observers believe the Saudis forced Lebanese Prime Minister , whom it backs, to resign in 2017 over ’s involvement in regional conflicts.

In spite of ’s firm stance in not helping , Hariri did answer the Arab States’ call to mediate between Riyadh and Ankara to improve their bilateral ties, which have been shaky for some years now.

In fact, Hariri visited Ankara last week for that purpose, reportedly with an Arab mandate, and met with Turkish President Erdogan for two hours, all while ’s government formation, despite its urgency, was put on a standstill, waiting for him to resume his efforts.