France Exerts Efforts Towards Hezbollah's Disarmament

Published November 22nd, 2017 - 10:15 GMT
Rouhani has described Hezbollah as a “very popular party in Lebanon whose weapons are only used in a defensive nature" (AFP/File)
Rouhani has described Hezbollah as a “very popular party in Lebanon whose weapons are only used in a defensive nature" (AFP/File)

 

  • France made contact with Iran to push for Hezbollah's disarmament
  • Iran reportedly said it does not interfere in Hezbollah's affairs or decisions to participate in regional wars
  • The U.S. saw this as an attempt to withdraw from the responsibility of pressuring Hezbollah to withdraw
  • “We believe that Lebanon's stability requires Hezbollah to distance itself from tensions in the region"

 

Efforts have been made over the past three days to create a new atmosphere and resolve the crisis that emerged after PM Saad Hariri's resignation over “Iran's grip and Hezbollah's policies in Lebanon.” Meanwhile, France is exerting efforts towards Hezbollah's “disarmament,” media reports said on Wednesday.

Diplomatic sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity to the daily, said that French President Emanuel Macron made contact with his Iranian counterpart.

The same sources said that the French ambassador in Tehran “was able to get acquainted with the real Iranian position that it does not interfere in Hezbollah's affairs and that the party is to decide the need to participate in the regional wars against terrorism or just the Lebanese arena against Israel.”

They added: "But the American side did not trust this Iranian position and considered it a means to waiver the responsibility from pressuring Hezbollah to withdraw, at least from Yemen, so that Saudi Arabia would be able to accept that Hariri rolls back his resignation.”

 

 

Even though Rouhani said Hezbollah only uses weapons "in a defensive nature," France hoped that the party would abandon its weapons and abide by U.N. Security Council resolutions.

The French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman had said that "France's demands from Hezbollah are clear. In accordance with the relevant security council resolutions, we are waiting for Hezbollah to put down its weapons and act like a party which respects Lebanese sovereignty.

“We believe that Lebanon's stability requires Hezbollah to distance itself from tensions in the region," the spokeswoman added. She stressed that France is working in that direction and said: “At this critical stage, we are continuing the dialogue with all the Lebanese parties and encouraging them to agree on the proper functioning of the state institutions, which is essential for the stability of Lebanon."

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.

 


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