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Lebanon PM Hariri revokes resignation as all parties agree on deal

06 December 2017, 01:22 | Terri Saunders

Lebanon PM Hariri revokes resignation as all parties agree on deal

A month after Hariri saga Saudi's Lebanon gambit backfires

Several media reports stated that the announcement came at the end of the first Cabinet meeting to be held since Lebanon plunged into a political crisis post Hariri's unexpected resignation.

The Lebanese have rallied around Hariri in what became an embarrassment for Saudi Arabia.

Mr. Hariri said in a brief statement after a cabinet meeting Tuesday that the government had recommitted to dissociate "from any dispute and conflicts or wars, and not to interfere in the internal affairs of the Arab states, in order to preserve the relationship between Lebanon and its Arab brethren".

The attempt fizzled when Lebanon's president refused to accept the resignation unless Mr. Hariri delivered it in person, and the normally fractious Lebanese united against the Saudi move.

After the damning accusations of PM, the Secretary General of the Shia movement, Hassan Nasrallah, said that Saudi Arabia had effectively declared war on Lebanon and was holding Hariri in captivity.

Hariri has complained about the Shi'ite militant Hezbollah group's meddling in regional affairs, including the affairs of Gulf countries - a reference to Yemen, where Saudi Arabia is fighting Shi'ite rebels supported by Iran.

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"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", he said in a televised statement.

Saudi concern over the influence wielded by Shi'ite Muslim Iran and Hezbollah in other Arab states had been widely seen as the root cause of the crisis, which raised fears for Lebanon's economic and political stability.

But two weeks ago, Hariri arrived back in Beirut and said he would suspend his resignation at the request of his government.

The meeting, to be opened by French President Emmanuel Macron, aims in part to put pressure on Saudi Arabia and Iran to desist from interference in Lebanon, diplomats said.

Hezbollah, however, needs a Sunni partner in Lebanon and will make an effort to maintain Hariri's coalition government.



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