On October 19, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah called on Saudi Arabia to make a “brave” decision and put an end to the war in Yemen and warned the Kingdom’s leadership that the international support for them was shaken by the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
“The leaders of Saudi Arabia should know that the international cover for their war on Yemen has begun to collapse, especially after this incident … Today the kingdom’s image worldwide is the worst in its history,” Nasrallah said during a televised speech.
Nasrallah went on to say that Saudi Arabia had suffered from large loses on ever lever as a result of its intervention in Yemen despite that it had international support. The Lebanese leader also predicted that the Saudi leadership will witness its end soon if it continues with its “stubborn” policies.
The disappearance of Khashoggi, who was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, have led to unprecedented international pressure on Saudi Arabia and its leadership. However, Hezbollah and its allies, Iran and Syria, have chosen to not comment on the issue, according to Nasrallah.
If the war in Yemen ends, this would for sure improve Saudi Arabia image and would allow to solve the humanitarian crisis in the war-torn country. However, this is unlikely any time soon. The US and the Saudi-led coalition use Yemen as a battleground in their proxy-war against Iran. Furthermore, Riyadh sees the establishment of a loyal government in Sanaa as a key point in its national security strategy.