Lebanon: Hariri retracts resignation

Frederick Owens
December 6, 2017

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Tuesday formally rescinded his resignation following a consensus deal reached with rival political parties.

Nothing about that is expected to change because of the Saudi maneuvering to coerce Mr. Hariri.

"The Lebanese government, through all its political components, disassociates itself from any conflicts or wars, as well as the internal affairs of Arab countries to protect Lebanon's political and economic relations with its Arab brothers, " Hariri said.

Hariri shocked the nation with his weird resignation in a televised broadcast from Saudi Arabia last month, citing Lebanese militant group Hezbollah's meddling in regional affairs as a main reason for stepping down. Saudi Arabia denies this. This rivalry has sometimes pitted Hariri against President Michel Aoun.

Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran, has come under fire in recent years from local political groups and regional powerhouses including Saudi Arabia for its involvement in Syria, where it has helped to prop up Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Hariri withdrew his resignation Tuesday after a Cabinet session where ministers unanimously endorsed a fresh dissociation policy. His father, an ex-prime minister, was assassinated in 2005.

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"Developments in the region suggest a new wave of conflict". In his televised address at the time, Hariri said: "I want to tell Iran and its followers that they are losing their interferences in the Arab nation's affairs".

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

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

Hariri will be in Paris on Friday for a meeting of the International Lebanon Support Group, a body that includes the five members of the U.N. Security Council - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.

One reason for the alarm over the Saudi move to pressure Mr. Hariri was the danger that it could further destabilize Lebanon.

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