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Hariri withdraws resignation in Lebanon

Saad Al-Hariri
Saad Al-Hariri
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Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri has rescinded his resignation and said all members of the government had agreed to stay out of conflicts in Arab countries. He quit from Saudi Arabia a month ago but later said he might withdraw the resignation, providing all parties in Lebanon's government agree to keep out of regional problems.

"All the government's political components have decided to dissociate themselves from all conflicts, disputes, wars or the internal affairs of brother Arab countries, in order to preserve Lebanon's economic and political relations with them."

His resignation offer thrust Lebanon back into a regional tussle between Riyadh and its main regional foe, Iran. Lebanese officials said Saudi Arabia had coerced 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.