Lebanese PM Hariri revokes his resignation

Lebanese PM Hariri revokes his resignation

Lebanese PM Hariri revokes his resignation

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri will attend talks in Paris Friday on the crisis triggered by his recent resignation announcement to be attended by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, France said Tuesday.

Lebanese officials say Saudi Arabia coerced Hariri, a long-time ally of Saudi Arabia, into resigning and held him there against his will until an intervention by France led to his return to Lebanon last week, however, Saudi Arabia denies the charge.

Sources in the prime minister's office told Asharq al-Awsat that the new ministerial statement would focus on four main points, including dissociating Lebanon from Arab conflicts, preserving good relations with Arab countries, stopping harmful media campaigns and committing to the Taif Accord.

Last week, Lebanese President Michel Aoun met with Hariri and announced that he would not accept his resignation.

"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.

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In a subsequent television interview, Hariri said rescinding his resignation hinged on whether Hezbollah agreed to remain neutral in regional conflicts.

Hariri said he was quitting on November 4 while on a trip to Saudi Arabia.

Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Shiite political and militant movement, accused Riyadh of "blatant interference" in Lebanese politics, adding that Hariri's "forced" decision to step down was unconstitutional.

Hariri, who heads a coalition government that includes ministers from the Hezbollah, said all members of the government had agreed to stay out of conflicts in Arab countries.

The government will convene in an extraordinary session and will issue a statement afterward, resuming the country's normal political life.

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