He indeed formed a coalition government that brought together most of Lebanon's political parties, including Hizbollah. This was quickly judged to be more than a rhetorical flourish by Sabhan, as the Saudi minister stressed that Riyadh will henceforth treat Lebanon as a "hostile government". Thus, Nasrallah rejected Hariri's resignation and is determined that the present Lebanese government continues.
The Houthis' missile launch increased tensions, and Saudi Arabia responded by intensifying its blockade of Yemen, raising fears an already dire humanitarian situation will get worse.
"I have sensed what is being plotted covertly to target my life". All this maneuvering was part of the power struggle occurring within the Saudi royal court, a struggle in which the Lebanese prime minister found himself - against his will, Nasrallah asserted. A U.N. -backed tribunal has charged five Hezbollah members over the killing.
Rafik al-Hariri was killed by a bomb in 2005 in an attack widely blamed on Hezbollah.
Following the meeting, al-Sabhan said in a Twitter post, "Lebanon will never be the same after the resignation". Nasrallah said he had thought things were going well and had not wanted Hariri to quit. Iran was sowing strife, destruction and ruin wherever it went and accused it of a "deep hatred for the Arab nation", he said. A short statement from his officer said he visited Abu Dhabi before returning to Riyadh on Wednesday. He has postponed a visit to Kuwait and directed military and security agencies "to maintain stability", it said.
Riyadh has recently been making aggressive political manoeuvres to limit Iran's influence in the Middle East, where Lebanon remains a flashpoint.
Nasrallah ignored the published reports that there was a plan to assassinate Hariri in Lebanon.
Nasrallah noted that both President Michel Aoun and Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament Nabih Berri are doing their jobs without any problems and await the prime minister's return from Saudi Arabia - that is "if he is allowed to return".
"The Lebanese must choose between peace or aligning with Hizballah", Sabhan said. Iran's military is larger and more battle-hardened than Saudi Arabia's, but the kingdom has far more advanced weaponry bought from the U.S. and Europe in the past decade.
"With [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad clearly having survived the challenge posed by Saudi-backed rebels, the Saudi leadership may hope to move its confrontation with Iran from Syria to Lebanon".
The election of Aoun last year was a telling indicator that the Shiite community controls access to political power in Lebanon, which Hazran called "the Shia republic". The Shiites are the largest community in Lebanon, they make up 40% of the population.
Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil told Reuters there was no danger to Lebanon's economy or its currency. "When the moment of truth arrives, "Israel's" allies, with the United States in the lead, should give it full backing", he mentioned.