Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Lebanese PM Hariri revokes resignation after consensus deal

Lebanese PM Hariri revokes resignation after consensus deal

There are several Hezbollah ministers in Hariri's cabinet, and his statement on Tuesday suggested that the group, which has fighters in Syria, had also agreed to stay out of the affairs of other Arab states.

Hariri announced he was stepping down on November 4 in a televised address from Saudi Arabia, prompting fears Lebanon would be catapulted into a political and economic tailspin.

Prime Minister Saad Hariri called for a Cabinet session at noon Tuesday to endorse an agreement on the country's dissociation policy toward regional conflicts, effectively turning the page on his 1-month-old resignation.

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.

The Lebanese government said in a statement read by Hariri: "The cabinet thanks its leader (Hariri) for his position and for revoking his resignation".

The move thrust Lebanon to the forefront of the regional rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran and shattered the national unity government that Hariri headed.

Iran backs the Shiite group Hezbollah, which is part of the Lebanese government. The most important development this week, however, will be Hariri's participation as head of a ministerial delegation at the International Support Group meeting in Paris on Friday.

Hariri's resignation last month was widely seen to have been orchestrated by Saudi Arabia. "Our nation will rise just as it did before and the hands that want to harm it will be cut".

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