Head of the Lebanese Forces Samir Geagea blamed Iran for several regional conflicts, saying that Iran’s actions breach the legitimacy of countries in the region. He stressed that Hezbollah has made a strategic mistake by getting involved on the side of the Assad regime in Syria.
Speaking to Al-Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper on Friday, Geagea said that “wherever Iran puts its finger, problems follow.”
“In Syria, had it not been for Iran’s backing of Assad, he would not have stayed in power. Iran helped him until the conflict turned into a civil war,” Geagea added.
On Hezbollah’s role in Syria, the Lebanese leader said: “They not only committed a strategic mistake, but a historic one.”
“They have placed a major wager on Assad, but it is not viable. We were able to prevent the dangers of the Syrian crisis from coming to Lebanon, but they went to Syria,” he added.
The Lebanese Forces chief went on to say that Hezbollah’s intervention in Syria has had direct and indirect repercussions on Lebanon, especially on the national economy.
“Had it not intervened in Syria, we would have avoided all American sanctions and we would have avoided the Gulf boycott,” Geagea added. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department + Al-Asharq Al-Awsat)