Iran's Zarif blames Kushner for Lebanese PM's resignation

In Twitter tirade, Iran's Foreign Minister accuses' Trump's son-in-law of being responsible for political crisis in Lebanon.

Elad Benari ,

Mohammad Javad Zarif
Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iran's Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, on Monday launched a tirade on Twitter, in which he accused U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, of being responsible for the latest political crisis in Lebanon.

“Visits to the belligerent #KSA have proved hazardous to regional health. Trump visit led to Bahrain repression followed by Qatar debacle. Visits by Kushner & Lebanese PM led to Hariri's bizarre resignation while abroad. Of course, Iran is accused of interference,” tweeted Zarif.

“#KSA bombs #Yemen to smithereens, killing 1000’s of innocents including babies, spreads cholera and famine, but of course blames Iran. KSA is engaged in wars of aggression, regional bullying, destabilizing behavior & risky provocations. It blames Iran for the consequences,” he added.

His comments follow the announcement on Saturday by Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri that he was resigning because of the grip of Iran and its proxy Hezbollah on Lebanon.

Zarif's tweets did not provide any details as to why he believed Kushner was responsible for Hariri's resignation.

Kushner, who serves as Trump's senior adviser, made an unannounced visit to Saudi Arabia last week, his third trip to the country this year.

A White House official would not say who Kushner met with in Saudi Arabia nor did he provide details on the purpose of his trip, but the Trump administration has said its strategy is to try to draw in neighboring Arab leaders to play a role in Middle East peace.

Hariri announced his resignation from Saudi Arabia, Iran's longtime regional rival. Saudi Arabia has repeatedly called on Iran to stop its “meddling” in the affairs of the kingdom's neighbors.

Iran has fired back, accusing Saudi Arabia of trying to “drag the entire region into confrontation”.