Saudi Arabia announced that it was freezing military aid to Lebanon. Previously, the Kingdom has agreed to purchase French weapons for the Lebanese army in the amount of three billion dollars. Delivery included armoured vehicles, rocket systems, artillery and ammunition, and possibly helicopters and one ship.
In addition, Riyadh has decided to freeze the remaining one billion dollars from the aid package to strengthen the internal security forces of Lebanon, reported the state news Agency SPA.
The first batch of French weapons, paid for by Saudi money, has already arrived in Lebanon.
Explaining the decision to freeze the aid, Saudi Arabia stated that Lebanon took the position, contrary to Arab interests, as the government came under the control of Hizbullah, Nagasawa course the country. In addition, Riyadh noted that Lebanon had not condemned attacks on Saudi diplomatic mission in Tehran and in Mashhad.
Saad Hariri, leader of the Sunni movement «al-Mustaqbal», criticized the Minister of foreign Affairs of Lebanon, Gibran Basil, an ally of Hizbullah, and laid upon him the responsibility for the freezing of Saudi aid.
The leader of the Christian party Lebanese forces Samir judge said that Hizbullah went to a confrontation with Saudi Arabia, and it brought Lebanon billions in losses.
Hizbullah responded by saying that Saudi Arabia is experiencing a severe financial crisis and is mired in the Yemeni war, therefore, cannot afford to allocate four billion dollars to Lebanon. Another ally of Hizbullah said that Iran ready to provide Lebanon with all the help that we refused to have the Kingdom.
The Prime Minister of Lebanon Tamam Salam called on Saudi Arabia to reconsider the decision to freeze aid.
In January it was reported that Saudi Arabia has set a strict requirement in France: any arms into Lebanon, should not fall into the hands of the terrorist organization «Hezbollah».