Sunday 22 July 2018

Lebanon's PM withdraws his resignation in Hizbollah row

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri. Photo: Reuters
Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri. Photo: Reuters

Dean Gray

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has rescinded his resignation and said all members of the government had agreed to stay out of conflicts in Arab countries.

Mr Hariri quit his job in a broadcast from Saudi Arabia a month ago, but later said he might withdraw the resignation, providing all parties in Lebanon's government agreed to adhere to the state's policy of "dissociation" from regional conflicts.

His resignation offer thrust Lebanon back into a tussle between Riyadh and its main regional foe, Iran.

Lebanese officials said Saudi Arabia had coerced Mr Hariri, a long-time ally of the kingdom, into resigning and held him there against his will until an intervention by France led to his return to Lebanon.

Saudi Arabia denies this.

Iran backs the powerful armed Shia group, Hizbollah, which is part of the Lebanese government and which Saudi Arabia accuses of sowing strife in the Arab world.

Irish Independent

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