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Hariri suspends resignation to allow for 'responsible dialogue'

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By Euronews
Hariri suspends resignation to allow for 'responsible dialogue'

Lebanon’s Saad al-Hariri has agreed to put his resignation as prime minister on hold after a meeting with the country’s president.

Michel Aoun requested the suspension of the resignation on Hariri’s return to Beirut from Saudi Arabia.

“I presented today my resignation to President Aoun and he urged me to wait before offering it, to put it on hold, to allow for more dialogue about the reasons and the political background, and I was responsive to that,” said Hariri in a televised statement.

Hariri added that he hoped the move would lead to “responsible dialogue… that deals with divisive issues and their repercussions on Lebanon’s relations with Arab brothers.”

The move is seen as a way of calming a crisis that sparked tensions across the region.

Hariri shocked his country by announcing his resignation from Saudi Arabia on November the 4th, with many believing he was doing so against his will.

The prime minsiter was forced to issue assurances that he was free to leave Riyadh whenever he wanted.