Saudi Foreign Minister: Lebanon’s “Key Problem” Is Hezbollah


In recent remarks to CNBC’s Hadley Gamble, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud accused the Lebanese government of “giving cover to .”

During the interview, Gamble asked the Saudi minister what the Kingdom was planning to do to help at this stage. He responded, “The most important thing for to do is help itself.”

Al-Saud noted that the current political and economic situation in is the fault of the political class “not focusing on delivering prosperity to the people of .” 

has great potential, the Lebanese people are tremendously well-educated, tremendously industrious,” he said. “ deserves to be one of the most prosperous countries in our region, it just needs good governance.”

When asked if he believed PM-designate would be able to pull out of its crisis, the Saudi FM expressed that there would be no difference as long as was involved in ’s politics.

“It is not about one individual,” he said. “What is important is that there is a true change in how functions.”

“Right now we have a situation where the governing system there is mainly focused on giving cover to , which has undermined the state completely,” he explained.


Al-Saud added that the reason was “rife with mismanagement and corruption” was that it is dominated by , “which is an armed militia that can impose its will on any government.”

He concluded by saying that has to make structural reform that addressed “that key problem,” referring to ’s domination over the country’s politics.

Recently, the U.S. Ambassador to called out leader and for covering for each other’s corruption.

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