Hezbollah accuses West of fomenting turmoil in Iran
LEBANON: Lebanese militant group Hezbollah accused the West on
Thursday of fomenting protests in Iran over this month's presidential
election but added that it had no worries about the stability of its
main foreign backer.
"The extent of Western and American involvement in Iran's internal
affairs is now clear," the Shiite militant group's deputy leader, Sheikh
Naim Qassem, told AFP in an interview.
"What is going on in Iran is not a simple protest against the results
of the presidential election," he said. "There are riots and attacks in
the streets that are orchestrated from the outside in a bid to
destabilise the country's Islamic regime." Tensions have been rising
between Iran and the West over the Islamic regime's suppression of mass
street protests sparked by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's contested
re-election on June 12.
Qassem insisted that his party, still blacklisted as a terrorist
organisation by Washington and regarded by its critics as an Iranian
proxy, would not be affected by the events Tehran.
"Hezbollah has nothing to do with Iran's internal affairs," he said.
"We don't side with anyone. This is an internal Iranian issue. He said
he felt certain the situation in Iran would soon return to normal.
Beirut, Friday, AFP