Hezbollah sees ‘new phase’ after Aleppo victory

Beirut, Dec 10 (IANS) Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has said that the Middle East region “entered a new phase”, media reported.

In a televised speech Nasrallah said: “There are important events taking place in the region like the battle in Syria’s Aleppo and the next victory in Aleppo will apply on all the other fronts in the region,” Xinhua reported.

Referring to the domestic issues, Nasrallah said that no political party in Lebanon was trying to block the formation of the new government.

“Claims that Speaker Berri, Hezbollah or Marada Movement Chief M. P. Suleiman Franjieh were obstructing the formation of the cabinet are baseless, false and unjust,” Hezbollah’s chief said.

He emphasised that Hezbollah’s relation with Aoun and the Free Patriotic Movement was “excellent and built on mutual respect and deep trust”.

Moreover, Nasrallah denied that Hezbollah was “dismayed” by the president’s foreign relations or the latest visit to Lebanon by a senior Saudi delegation.

Aoun was elected president on October 31, ending more than two years of presidential vacuum started with the end of the 6-year tenure of former President Michel Suleiman.