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Hezbollah chief says UAE-Israeli deal was favour to Trump

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The leader of Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah movement on Friday condemned the deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates to normalise ties as a betrayal of Islam and Arabs, saying it was done as a favour to U.S. President Donald Trump.

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech that Trump announced the deal because he needed “an achievement” ahead of U.S. elections. He said he expected a number of Arab states to follow the UAE example to “satisfy” Washington.

Reporting by Ellen Francis, Laila Bassan and Samia Nakhoul; Editing by Chris Reese

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