Once the United States imposed sanctions on the Head of the Free Patriotic Movement, Gebran Bassil, the Lebanese Foreign Minister Charbel Wehbeh, upon the President of the Republic’s request, summoned the American ambassador to Lebanon, Dorothy Shea, to clarify the matter.
Wehbe asked Shea to provide him with the necessary documents under which the sanctions were imposed on Bassil. Shea has responded to the minister’s request and visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in respect to the Lebanese state and its decision.
But the situation seemed to be completely different when it came to the Iranian ambassador to Lebanon, Muhammad Jalal Firoznia. The latter refused to respond to Wehbe’s summons, to ask him about the article that was published in Al Alam website, which insulted the Maronite Patriarch, Cardinal Bechara Boutros Al-Rahi. The Iranian ambassador did not come to the Ministry today, and the excuse was urgent circumstances that forced him to amend his schedule for Monday.
There is a huge difference between the United States’ behavior with Lebanon, and Iran’s behavior, which is led by the terrorist arm,” Hezbollah “, who controls the country, by virtue of arms and de facto power.
Hence, the Iranian ambassador considered that he is much bigger than responding to the minister’s summons, as he considers the minister an employee who works in a government that is run by his state Iran, through Hezbollah. The best evidence of Hezbollah’s control over the government and how it imposes its willpower on the ministries is when the government in 2008 tried to impose its control on the communications network which was under Hezbollah’s control. Hezbollah’s claws appeared clearly at that time, and its army invaded the capital, Beirut.
It wasn’t surprising that the Iranian ambassador refused to respond to the minster, although the latter knows very well that the Iranian ambassador is the one who gives the orders in the country, rather than giving him an order.