Hariri had instructed security chiefs to “prevent any person from carrying out activities of a military nature on the country’s territory and to prevent any illegal actions”, and barred Khazali from entering the country, it said.
The head of an Iran-backed Iraqi Shia militia has visited Lebanon’s border with Israel accompanied by Hezbollah terrorists, a video released on Saturday showed, in a show of Iranian influence that Lebanon’s prime minister called illegal.
Khazali declared his readiness “to stand together with the Lebanese people and the Palestinian cause”, in the video footage widely circulating on social media.
His appearance at the frontier is likely to be seen in the Middle East as an example of Tehran demonstrating its reach, and could add to tension in Lebanon.
Lebanon is still recovering from a crisis triggered a month ago, when Hariri announced his resignation while visiting Saudi Arabia, accusing Iran and Hezbollah of meddling in regional conflicts in violation of Lebanon’s policy of non-intervention.
Hariri returned to Lebanon two weeks later and withdrew his resignation last week, while his government restated its non-intervention policy.
Hezbollah, a heavily armed Shia group that fights openly in Syria as an ally of Iran, serves in the power-sharing government with Hariri.
Last Modified: 12 10 2017 12:44 PM
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