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Lebanon Hezbollah insists on government demand, warns Israel

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The leader of the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah insisted that one of its Sunni allies received a…

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The leader of the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah insisted that one of its Sunni allies received a portfolio in a new Lebanese cabinet, suggesting that it would be clear to go back to the square one to negotiate a government if necessary.

Lebanon’s Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addresses his supporters via a screen in Nabatiyeh, Lebanon, November 1

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Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah Israel also warned that his Iranian-backed The group would react to every attack on Lebanon and urged its country to resist diplomatic pressure over its rocket army.

Hezbollah’s demand for one of its Sunni allies receives a portfolio in the new Lebanese government in a row that has prevented a final agreement six months ago from a parliamentary election.

The formation of a new government is necessary before any measures can be taken against fiscal reforms that the IMF said in June immediately needed to improve debt sustainability.

Hezbollah says that one of its Sunni allies must be represented in government to reflect their election gains.

However, the prime minister appointed Saad al-Hariri, who is Lebanon’s premier Sunni politician and has Western support, has ruled out allocating their cabinet chairs to them.

Lebanon’s political system requires state positions to be assigned along sectarian lines.

Nasrallah said rejecting a Sunni ally from his “March 8” camp constituted the exclusion of a part of Lebanese.

“We were sincere when we talked about a national unity government. There is no national logic or moral logic or legal logic … for anyone in Lebanon to say” it is forbidden that 8 March Sunnians should be represented in the Lebanese government, “said Nasrallah.

” If forbidden, let’s talk again from the beginning, “he said, adding:” We do not want conflict, tension or escalation. “

President Michel Aoun promised earlier on Saturday, to find a solution to the problem. Although a political allied of Hezbollah, Aoun has been with Hariri in a row.

Hezbollah, groups and individuals who support their weapons possession won more than 70 of the 128 places in the 6th: e parliamentary elections on May 6th

Hezbollah is banned as a terrorist group of the United States. The group last fought a major conflict with Israel in 2006, after it has become stronger stronger as a major participant in the siege The Israeli War.

Nasrallah said that Israel recently tried to increase pressure on the group’s rocket army and to create “a threat of threat and threat that this situation will not be addressed” (Israel) will deal with it. ” Israel had used “Americans and even some European states” in this attempt, he said.

“I say to Lebanon that it must carry this level of diplomatic pressure,” said Nasrallah. “Every attack on Lebanon, any air hits Lebanon or bombing – we will surely answer,” he said.

Reporting by Tom Perry and Laila Bassam; Editing David Stamp

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