TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - Jeffrey Harrigian, commander for southwest Asia at the US Air Forces Central Command, told reporters while on a visit to Dubai on Friday that it was key to provide diplomatic solutions to tensions surrounding Lebanon instead of going to war.
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation in a televised statement on Saturday, citing several reasons, including the security situation in Lebanon, for his sudden decision. He also said that he realized a plot being hatched against his life.
Hariri accused Iran and Hezbollah of meddling in Arab countries’ affairs; an allegation the two have rejected.
The Lebanese prime minister announced his resignation following visits to Saudi Arabia.
The resignation also comes less than a month after he announced plans to join a coalition government with the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah.
In his remarks on Friday, Harrigian also accused Iran of providing the capability for ballistic missile attacks launched from Yemen into Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, Yemen’s Ansarullah movement has warned that Yemeni forces will continue missile attacks against Saudi Arabia as long as Riyadh and its allies press ahead with their military aggression against the impoverished nation.
Mohammed Abdulsalam, the Ansarullah spokesman, said on Thursday that Yemen’s missile launches are purely aimed at defending the nation in the face of Saudi attacks, Yemen’s al-Masirah television network reported.
On Saturday, Yemeni forces, backed by popular Houthi fighters, had launched a Borkan H2 long-range missile at King Khalid International Airport in northeastern Riyadh, the first to reach the Saudi capital.
Saudi military authorities said at the time that the missile had been fired at an international airport by Houthi fighters, who have been on the forefront of fighting against the Saudi war machine since 2015.
The Houthi forces have launched a number of long-range missiles across the border in recent years. However, Saturday’s strike appeared to be the deepest yet within Saudi territory.
The US and Saudi Arabia also accused Tehran and Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement of helping the Yemenis against the Saudi-led coalition. Tehran has dismissed the accusations as baseless.