Saudi Arabia, Turkey Urge Hezbollah to Rejoin Lebanon Government

Saudi FM says collapse of Lebanese government will cause clashes within Lebanon.

Saudia Arabia urged Hezbollah to rejoin Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri's government on Wednesday, warning that the volatile country could slide back into violence.

The armed Shi'ite movement and its political allies quit the government earlier in the day exposing the failure of Syria and Saudi Arabia to bridge rifts in Lebanon over a tribunal set up to try the killers of the prime minister's slain father, statesman Rafik Hariri.

Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Ahmet Davutoglu Jan. 12, 2011 (AP)

"The resignations will be dangerous as they will cause clashes once again," Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal told a joint news conference with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara.

"Thus, we hope these resignations will not take place. They have the potential to cause everything built so far to collapse," the Saudi minister said, warning of repercussions
around the region.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu hoped Hezbollah would rethink the resignations and voiced support for Syrian and Saudi mediation efforts.

The crisis will heighten sectarian tension in Lebanon. Hezbollah is backed by Syria and Iran, while the Sunni Muslim followers of Hariri are backed by Saudi Arabia and the United States.