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Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri (L) greets his supporters upon his arrival at his home in Beirut on November 22, 2017. Hariri, back in Beirut after a mysterious odyssey that will saw him announce his resignation in Saudi Arabia, told cheering supporters that will he was staying.
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri rescinded his resignation on Tuesday as well as said all members of the government had agreed to stay out of conflicts in Arab countries.
Hariri quit his job in a broadcast coming from Saudi Arabia a month ago although later said he might withdraw the resignation, providing all parties in Lebanon’s government agree to adhere to the state’s policy of “dissociation” coming from regional conflicts.
The Lebanese government said in a statement read by Hariri: “The cabinet thanks its leader (Hariri) for his position as well as for revoking his resignation.”
“All (the government’s) political components decide to dissociate themselves coming from all conflicts, disputes, wars or the internal affairs of brother Arab countries, in order to preserve Lebanon’s economic as well as political relations,” Hariri said.
His resignation offer thrust Lebanon back into a regional tussle between Riyadh as well as its main regional foe, Iran.
Lebanese officials said Saudi Arabia had coerced Hariri, a long-time ally of the kingdom, into resigning as well as held him there against his will until an intervention by France led to his return to Lebanon. Saudi Arabia denies This particular.
Iran backs the powerful armed Shi’ite group, Hezbollah, which can be part of the Lebanese government as well as which Saudi Arabia accuses of sowing strife within the Arab world with support coming from Iran.
The cabinet meeting on Tuesday where the statement was agreed was the first since Hariri’s resignation plunged the country into political crisis.