Hariri: Lebanon not to become "Iranian protectorate"
Lebanon's Caretaker Premier Saad Hariri stated on Thursday that the biggest challenge facing the Arab world is "Iran's persistent violations."
Hariri accused Tehran of trying to turn Lebanon and other Gulf states into an Iranian protectorate. "Lebanon and several Arab countries, in the Gulf and probably outside the Gulf, are suffering… from the flagrant Iranian intervention in the Arab internal issues," Hariri said during the Saudi-Lebanese Forum.
The Libyan leader voiced fear over the attempt of some states and regional powers to invest in chaos, and "export various means of political, civil and security turmoil in order to destroy the unity of the Arab societies."
According to Hariri, the Arab leaders acted with wisdom to restrain the growing Iranian "security, political and financial influence in the Arab world." "But it seems, with great regret, that the Iranian leadership understood this… as signs of weakness and surrender, so it decided to go to the extreme in infiltrating the Arab societies," Hariri commented.