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Lebanon PM Saad Hariri 'suspends' resignation

Lebanon PM Saad Hariri 'suspends' resignation
Lebanon’s Saad al-Hariri has suspended his decision to resign as prime minister at the request of Lebanese President Michel Aoun to allow for dialogue, easing a major political crisis, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

Hariri made his announcement after returning to Beirut on Tuesday night for the first time since his Nov. 4 shock resignation in a statement broadcast from Saudi Arabia.

He said all Lebanese parties must commit to keeping Lebanon out of regional conflicts, a reference to the powerful, Iran-backed group Hezbollah whose regional role is a source of deep concern in Saudi Arabia. He said hoped his decision would open “a new gateway for a responsible dialogue”.

“I presented today my resignation to President Aoun and he urged me to wait before offering it and to hold onto it for more dialogue about its reasons and political background, and I showed responsiveness,” Hariri said in a televised statement.

A long-time Saudi ally, Hariri cited fear of assassination in his resignation speech. He attacked Iran and its powerful Lebanese ally Hezbollah terrorist militia.

Last Modified: Wednesday، 22 November 2017 01:30 PM