Lebanese PM Hariri officially revokes resignation after parties agree to deal

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has formally rescinded his resignation

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Tuesday formally rescinded his resignation following a consensus deal reached with rival political parties.

"All [the government's] political components decide 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", Hariri said.

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.

The cabinet reaffirmed its official policy of "disassociation" from regional rivalries.

Persistent rumors spread that the Saudi government had ordered Hariri to resign in order to put pressure on Iran by using the Lebanese government. Saudi Arabia denies this.

Hariri also announced that he will travel o Paris on Friday to meet with French diplomats and the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for talks on the recent upheaval.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrives today to attend a cabinet meeting at the presidential palace of Baabda
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrives today to attend a cabinet meeting at the presidential palace of Baabda

From Saudi Arabia, which he visited on November 4, Hariri announced his resignation in a televised broadcast, saying that he feared for his life and denouncing a possible assassination plot against him, which sparked a major political crisis in Lebanon.

Back in Beirut after a visit to France, Hariri chose to put his resignation on hold at the request of Aoun.

Aoun stressed that the country's political crisis would end within a week, and that there was "a broad agreement" among all political forces inside the country regarding Hariri's status.

Although he is a Christian, Aoun has taken a sympathetic view of the Islamist Hezbollah.

But two weeks ago, Hariri arrived back in Beirut and said he would suspend his resignation at the request of his government.

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