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Qassem accuses US of meddling in Lebanon's crisis

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Qassem accuses US of meddling in Lebanon's crisis
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Hezbollah deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem accused the United States of meddling in the formation of a new Lebanese government on Friday, its strongest accusation yet of US interference in Lebanon's political and economic crisis.

 
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Sheikh Qassem told Reuters he did not see signs of a new conflict. Hezbollah would not be dragged into strife, he said.

 

He also said the economic crisis which has spread to the banking system was hitting the Shi'ite group's followers along with everyone else in Lebanon. Hezbollah backed putting corrupt officials on trial "regardless of who they are", he added.

 

"The first obstruction in the formation of the government is America, because it wants a government that resembles it and we want a government that resembles the Lebanese people," Qassem said. The crisis would continue, he said, until foreign parties gave up on trying to achieve their goals.

 

US officials had been in direct contact with Lebanese politicians and officials, he said. "Let them leave us alone so we can reach an understanding among ourselves. The more they intervene the more they delay the solution."

 

Asked why Hezbollah and its allies had not opted to form a cabinet on their own, Qassem said the group preferred the prime minister be chosen through agreement with the main parties.

 

"There are continuous contacts between Hezbollah and Prime Minister Hariri to pick the prime minister," Qassem said.

 

Qassem said the first step towards dealing with the crisis would be the formation of a government which should start by implementing an emergency economic plan after amending it if necessary.

 

The causes of the crisis included by bad policies and corruption, he said.

 

"We support the people 100% in putting the corrupt on trial," he said. "The corrupt must stand trial in Lebanon regardless of who they are ... we support all measures that limit corruption and that recover looted wealth."

 

"I do not see signs of a civil war in Lebanon. Hezbollah is determined not to fall into strife that America wants. But we have information of American attempts to create some security problems," he said.

 

 

REUTERS

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