Wikileaks: Saudis urge force to destroy Hezbollah

Saudi Arabia proposed an Arab-led military force to destroy Hezbollah in Lebanon two years ago, a US diplomatic cable published by Wikileaks suggests.

Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal presented a senior US diplomat with a plan for a force backed by US and Nato air and sea power.

The US responded by expressing scepticism about the military feasibility of the plan.

Hezbollah is a Shia paramilitary group and political movement.

While Syria and Iran are Hezbollah’s main regional allies, Saudi Arabia has strong ties with the country’s Sunni community and the current Prime Minister Saad Hariri, son of the murdered ex-prime minister.


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