On November 16, Adel Jubeir the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia accused Iran of acting aggressively. During an interview with Reuters, Jubeir said that Saudi Arabia is only reacting to the Iranian “aggression”.
“Any way you look at it, they (the Iranians) are the ones who are acting in an aggressive manner. We are reacting to that aggression and saying, ‘Enough is enough. We’re not going to let you do this anymore’,” Jubeir told Reuters.
During the interview, Jubeir also revealed that Saudi Arabia is consulting with its allies about the strategy they should use against Lebanese Hezbollah “when the time comes”. The Saudi Foreign Minister also accused Hezbollah of being a subsidiary of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and said that in order to stabilize Lebanon, Hezbollah should become a political party only.
“Whenever we see a problem, we see Hezbollah act as an arm or agent of Iran and this has to come to an end,” said Jubeir.
In a related development, a Lebanese source, told Reuters that Lebanon Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri is expected to leave Saudi Arabia for France within 48 hours. After visiting Paris, Hariri will reportedly fly back to Lebanon to officially submit his resignation.
Earlier, Jubeir told reporters during during a joint press conference with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Riyadh that Hariri is free to leave Saudi Arabia.
“Saad Hariri lives in the kingdom by his own will and he resigned. Regarding his return to Lebanon, it is up to him and his assessment to the Lebanese security situation,” Jubeir said.
Jubeir statements regarding Hezbollah and Iran, and Hariri resignation show us that Saudi Arabia is serious about facing Hezbollah in Lebanon. However, Saudi Arabia is clearly not rushing into another war outside of its border, instead Saudi Arabia will likely wait and hope that Israel fire the first round on Hezbollah.