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Jumblatt: Hezbollah leading proxy war in Yemen, doesn't care about Lebanon

Lebanese Druze leader and Lebanese Progressive Socialist Party (PSP) chairman Walid Jumblatt on March 21, 2015, in Paris. [ALAIN JOCARD/AFP via Getty Images]
Lebanese Druze leader and Lebanese Progressive Socialist Party (PSP) chairman Walid Jumblatt on March 21, 2015, in Paris. [ALAIN JOCARD/AFP via Getty Images]

Druze leader and head of Lebanon's Progressive Socialist Party, Walid Jumblatt, said Hezbollah is leading a proxy war in Yemen and does not care about the Lebanese people's interests in the Gulf.

"Lebanon has been linked to decades of political and economic relations with the Arab Gulf, and there are hundreds of thousands of Lebanese people working and living in the Arabian Gulf who send money to Lebanon; where do they go?" Jumblatt said in an interview with the Russian RT channel aired on Tuesday.

"We cannot bear the war of others on our land," Jumblatt added, calling on Information Minister, George Kordahi, to resign over remarks in which he said Yemen's Houthis were defending their country against external aggression, in reference to the Saudi-led coalition.

The comments led major Gulf nations like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to withdraw their envoys from Lebanon and sever ties with Beirut.

Hezbollah has supported Kordahi's remarks.

Jumblatt pointed out that Hezbollah controls political decisions in Lebanon, and called to "liberate" the Lebanese government from such pressure.

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