Lebanon rejected Saudi request to lead anti-Iran campaign - Mansour
Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour has said that Lebanon rejected a Saudi Arabian request to undertake leadership of anti-Iran campaign at the UN General Assembly and that Lebanon's vote must be considered in the context of Arab League, IRNA reported.
Mansour told IRNA in an interview that Lebanon had considerations about the anti-Iran resolution of the General Assembly, but, its positive vote was the outcome of a decision by the Arab League.
He said that the Arab League had already condemned the attempt to kill Saudi ambassador to Washington and Lebanon had no choice but to follow the Arab League.
The foreign minister said that he was informed on Friday that Lebanon's representative to the United Nations voted for the resolution as member of the Arab League.
He said that Lebanon will review the vote considering that Russia, China, Venezuela, Cuba and Ecuador have cast negative votes to the resolution.
IRNA reporter in Beirut said that Lebanese Members of Parliament have voiced objection to the yes vote of Lebanon's UN envoy. 'They said that the representative has done what the US officials wanted him to do.'
MP Marwan Fars criticized Lebanon's representative to United Nations Nawaf Salam for following the Saudi lead.
Fars said that Nawaf Salam is not the real representative of the Lebanese people because the majority of the Lebanese people know that the anti-Iran scenario about attempt to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington has been unfounded and fabricated to exert pressure on Iran.
Marwan Fars said that Saudi Arabia is toeing the US line.
'The oppressed nation of Lebanon which stood by Iran, represents Lebanon,' the MP said.
Lebanon, the non-permanent member of the Security Council, had already abstained from anti-Iran resolution.