14December2017

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LEBANON, A NEW DISPUTING AREA

 

The never ending Middle East conflict seems to be more complicated with conflict in Lebanon. After a long time the country experienced calm period, Lebanon is entering a turbulent time. Two countries with strong influence in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Iran are at odds with Lebanon's internal affairs.

The peak of the tension was an announcement of resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on November 4th via video recording from Saudi Arabia. Saudi’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Friday that Lebanon is an enemy if Hezbollah is still entrenched in the country's government. Hizbullah, a Shiite faction in Lebanon, is considered an extension of Tehran's hands in Lebanon. Saudi has urged its citizens to leave Lebanon. Saudi allies in the Gulf, also follows Saudi’s steps.

Hariri himself is still in Saudi and plans to return to Lebanon. Hariri will consider canceling his resignation on condition of honor over Lebanese sovereignty. It is not a difficult term if Saudi and Iran want to do it for the benefit of Lebanon. Lebanese President Michel Aoun, has not officially accepted the resignation of Saad Hariri. Lebanon is a land in the Arab region with various religions. The country’s top administration rulers are divided by Christians and Muslims. The President is Christian, the Prime Minister is Sunni Muslim and the Parliament Speaker is Shi'ite Muslim.

We all hope that the crisis in Lebanon will not create a new armed conflict in the region. We all hope that the parties standing behind each faction in Lebanon did not make the situation more difficult. It is the Lebanese leaders themselves who should solve the problems between them without asking foreign interference so that peace in Lebanon can be maintained.

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