Saudi Regime, Turkey disrupting progress in Syria talks: Nasrallah
Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary general of Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, says Saudi Arabia and Turkey are “disrupting any progress” in the ongoing negotiations between the Syrian government and the opposition aimed at ending five years of war in the Arab country.
“What is disrupting any progress toward a political solution is firstly Saudi Arabia, and secondly Turkey,” Nasrallah said during an interview with the Lebanese al-Mayadeen television channel broadcast on Monday.
The new round of UN-backed peace talks between the Syrian government and the opposition, known as the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), started in the Swiss city of Geneva on March 14.
UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura announced a halt to the previous round of the discussions on February 3 after the Saudi-backed opposition refused to continue the talks.
Saudi Arabia and Turkey are among the staunch supporters of Takfiri terrorist groups fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since March 2011. The two countries have always insisted that Assad must leave power for the war to end.
List of Israeli targets!
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Hezbollah leader warned the Israeli regime against attacking Lebanon, stressing that the resistance movement owns a comprehensive list of targets in the occupied Palestinian lands, including Tel Aviv’s nuclear reactors and biological research centers.
“We can strike any target we want inside occupied Palestine. There will be no ceiling, limits or red lines,” Nasrallah emphasized.
Israel launched two wars on Lebanon in 2000 and 2006. About 1,200 Lebanese, most of them civilians, lost their lives during the 33-day war in the summer of 2006.
Hezbollah is credited with driving Israeli troops out of southern Lebanon and defeating them in subsequent wars. It is also helping the Syrian army fight Takfiri militants in a war that the resistance movement sees crucial to preventing the conflict from spilling over to Lebanon.