U.S. President Donald Trump, standing next to Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri at a press conference in Washington, DC, asserted that Lebanon was at war with Hezbollah, despite the militia-cum-party’s role as a member of Mr. Hariri’s coalition government.
As the world begins to come to terms with the election of Donald Trump in the United States, the Middle East has been reacting to the long-awaited election of a new Lebanese president, Mr. Michel Aoun, and the appointment of Saad Hariri as the country’s new prime minister.
The Arab League has declared Hezbollah a terrorist group, following a similar move by the Gulf Cooperation Council last week.
Saudi Arabia has announced the suspension of four billion dollars in military aid to Lebanon after weeks of escalating tension between Riyadh and the Lebanon-based militant group Hezbollah, which has been fighting Saudi-backed rebels in Syria.
The office of the Lebanese president has remained vacant for the last 21 months, a victim of Lebanon’s complex sectarian politics.