Lebanon's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdallah Bou Habib, said that the government cannot control Hizbullah in a show that aired on MTV (Lebanon) on December 8, 2021. He added that the Lebanese government cannot tell Hizbullah to refrain from intervention in Syria and Yemen. Bou Habib said that he shared his opinions on these matters candidly before he took office but now cannot discuss them freely.
Interviewer: "Practically speaking, can you, as the Lebanese government, tell Hizbullah not to intervene in Yemen or in Syria?"
Abdallah Bou Habib: "No. And we do not know whether they intervene or not. They say that they do not."
Interviewer: "What do you think? Do they intervene?"
Bou Habib: "My view? I'm a minister. I cannot reveal my view. I wrote my views before I became minister and sent you [my articles]."
Interviewer: "Of course. And I believe this. However, if we talk about UN resolutions 1559 and 1701, and about not using Lebanon as a base for launching terror attacks... Practically speaking, this is a list of demands with which Lebanon cannot comply."
Bou Habib: "But the terror attacks are not launched from Lebanon. Men set out from Lebanon..."
Interviewer: "So what happens?"
Bou Habib: " Well... stuff... I can't tell you... There are things that the government cannot control."