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Saudi Arabia says 'enough is enough' to Iran and proxy Hezbollah

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir holds a press conference in Washington, DC, on July 15, 2016, following the release of 28 pages of a 9/11 Congressional report
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Saudi Foreign Minister signals to Iran: 'We’re not going to let you do this anymore'

Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Abdel al-Jubeir told Iran on Thursday that “enough is enough” in response to its “aggressive manner” whilst further stating a growing call for ousting its proxy group Hezbollah from the region.

Al-Jubeir said that the Saudi Kingdom was only acting in response to a provocative Iranian regime and asserted, “we’re not going to let you do this anymore.”

Tensions have been hotting up in the region since Saad al-Hariri’s resignation from his post as Lebanese Prime Minister in which he cited assassination fears as well as the “grip” of Hezbollah ally Iran on the country.

The Foreign Minister explained that Saudi Arabia was in the process of consulting with its allies about plans to disarm the Lebanese-based Hezbollah and oust it from its stronghold in Southern Lebanon amid the escalating regional tensions.

He said Hezbollah, which he described as a subsidiary of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is “doing Iran’s bidding” and called Hezbollah an “arm or agent of Iran" which "has to come to an end.”

Declining to say what options were under consideration he said, "we will make the decision when the time comes.”

Hezbollah, an ally of President Bashar al-Assad, has continued to gain ground in Syria whilst simultaneously amassing a stockpile of weaponry increasingly becoming a powerful threat to the Sunni kingdom, alongside its number one enemy - Iran.

Al-Jubeir further added that, “consultations and coordination between peace-loving countries and Lebanon-loving countries are underway to try to find a way that would restore sovereignty and reduce the negative action which Hezbollah is conducting in Lebanon.”

As Lebanon increasingly becomes the next battlefield for powerhouses Saudi Arabia and Iran, to wage a Cold War style conflict alongside the ongoing stand-off in Yemen, many are wondering what the next move will be in this battle steeped in uncertainty.

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