Hezbollah's Hassan Nasrallah welcomes Trump election defeat

Hezbollah's Hassan Nasrallah welcomes Trump election defeat
Lebanon's Hezbollah has become the latest regional party to welcome the election defeat of Donald Trump/
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12 November, 2020
Nasrallah is a stalwart ally of Iran [Getty-file photo]
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Wednesday welcomed the electoral defeat of President Donald Trump, following rocky four-year relations with the US president.

During a televised speech, the leader of the Lebanese Islamist movement praised the "humiliating downfall" of Trump, describing his administration as the "among the worst, if not the worst" in US history, Reuters reported.

He accused Trump of having shown "arrogance and aggressiveness" during his four-year term and warned regional allies to be on the look out for acts of "folly" during the president's final weeks in office.

"With a person like Trump anything is possible during the remainder of his term... the axis of resistance should be in a state of high readiness to respond twice as hard in case of any American or Israeli folly," Nasrallah said, according to Reuters.
Nasrallah singled out the assassination of Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani - a close ally of Hezbollah - during a US strike in Baghdad last January as a reason he felt particular joy when Trump lost this month's election to Democrat Joe Biden.

Since coming to office in 2017, Trump has pursued a policy of "maximum pressure" on Iran, pulling out of a nuclear deal with Tehran and applying a series of tough sanctions on Iranian officials.

The US has also applied sanctions on one of Hezbollah's Lebanese political allies, Gebran Bassil.

Biden has signalled that he will look to return the US to the nuclear deal and will likely lift some sanctions on Iran as a goodwill gesture.

There have been also concerns about the growing influence of Iranian forces and proxies, such as Hezbollah, in the region.

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