Nasrallah says Assad cannot be toppled militarily and promises support

Published May 1st, 2013 - 01:25 GMT
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah promised support for Syria's President Assad in a televised address (archive picture)
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah promised support for Syria's President Assad in a televised address (archive picture)

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said Tuesday President Bashar Assad’s government could not be toppled military and his allies would prevent such an outcome from ever happening.

The head of Lebanon’s resistance group said the two-year conflict had ruled out the possibility of defeating the Damascus government by military means.

Nasrallah, Assad’s closest ally in Lebanon, also said the Syrian leader’s allies would prevent his ouster.

“Syria has friends that will not allow it to fall in the hands of the U.S., Israel or Takfiri groups. How will they do this? I will explain this later,” he said.

“I say this based on information rather than wishful thinking,” Nasrallah said.

On the subject of Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria, Nasrallah said the Lebanese state could not fulfill its duty of defending Lebanese populations in Syrian border towns.

“We clearly will not let down the Lebanese in rural al-Quseir be subjected to attacks from armed groups and whoever wants help to stay in their village then we will not hesitate to offer this help,” he said.

He said defending Lebanese in al-Quseir in Syria did not require authorization from any side.

“This a moral and humane issue. We are not talking about people from a specific sect but about all Lebanese living in rural al-Quseri,” he said.

He also reiterated his call for a political settlement to end the conflict in Lebanon’s neighbor.

The Hezbollah head also denied reports that Iranian forces were present in Syria.


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