Lebanese President Urges Hezbollah to ‘Return to Lebanon’
by Zach Pontz
Lebanese President Michel Suleiman on Thursday urged the terror organization Hezbollah to end their role in the Syrian civil war and “return to Lebanon,” saying it was raising tensions at home, AFP reports.
Speaking with the As-Safir Lebanese daily, Suleiman said he was “against Hezbollah’s involvement in the Syrian conflict, because this intervention leads to tensions in Lebanon.”
Hezbollah initially denied involvement in the Syrian conflict, but in recent months has admitted to fighting on the side of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Hezbollah Chief Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech last month that his group would win a “victory” in Syria.
After helping Syrian government forces capture the town of Qusayr, activists and opposition fighters have reported that Hezbollah fighters have begun to fan out across the country.
“If they [Hezbollah] participate in the battle in Aleppo and there are more deaths in the ranks of the party it will raise tensions further. Qusayr must be the end, and they must return to Lebanon,” Suleiman said.
“I have said that protecting the resistance is dear to me, but I also want to protect them from themselves,” he said.
“When I see that Hezbollah is acting in error, I tell them,” he added.