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Lebanon's Hariri says Damascus wants him killed

Lebanon's Hariri says Damascus wants him killedLebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri charged that the Syrian regime which he blames for his father’s assassination also wants him killed, in an interview published Thursday in French magazine Paris Match. Hariri assessed that the regime’s military successes against rebels in the Syrian conflict were victories for presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Iran’s Hassan Rouhani rather than their allied Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad. “I have a lot of enemies, extremists and the Syrian regime.



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Lebanon's Hariri takes critical line on Hezbollah

Lebanon's Hariri takes critical line on HezbollahLebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Saturday that he would not accept Iran-backed Hezbollah’s positions that “affect our Arab brothers or target the security and stability of their countries”, a statement from his press office said. Hariri announced his resignation from his post on Nov. 4 in a televised statement from Saudi Arabia, a Sunni monarchy and regional powerhouse locked in a confrontation with Shi’ite Iran. Hezbollah is fighting alongside Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.



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Hariri says resignation on hold, pledges to stay in Lebanon

Hariri says resignation on hold, pledges to stay in LebanonLebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Wednesday he was suspending his surprise resignation, pending talks, providing a potential way out of a political crisis that has rocked the country. Lebanon has been thrown into turmoil by Hariri’s shock November 4 announcement from Saudi Arabia that he was stepping down, as well as his prolonged absence afterwards. The resignation was seen as a ratcheting up of tensions in the long-running rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and raised fears that Lebanon would be paralysed by regional tensions.



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Lebanon's PM Hariri shelves resignation, easing crisis

Lebanon's PM Hariri shelves resignation, easing crisisBy Ellen Francis and Laila Bassam BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s Saad al-Hariri on Wednesday shelved his decision to resign as prime minister at the request of President Michel Aoun, easing a crisis that had deepened tensions in the Middle East. Hariri made his announcement after returning to Beirut for the first time since he quit abruptly on Nov. 4 in a broadcast from Saudi Arabia. Top Lebanese officials have said Riyadh forced him to quit and held him in the kingdom.



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Lebanon's premier Hariri suspends resignation after return to Beirut

Lebanon's premier Hariri suspends resignation after return to BeirutLebanon’s prime minister has announced  he is suspending the resignation he made from Saudi Arabia more than two weeks ago, easing a political crisis that has rocked the country. Saad Hariri landed back in Beirut on Wednesday after 17 days away, in time for Lebanon’s independence day celebrations. President Michel Aoun had said he would not accept his resignation from Riyadh and told Mr Hariri he would have to tender it in person, saying he believed he was coerced from his Saudi backers. After a meeting between the two, Mr Hariri announced he was postponing his decision pending talks. Former Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri visits the grave of former Prime Minister of Lebanon, Rafik Hariri, who was assassinated, upon his arrival to Beirut  Credit: Anadolu "I presented today my resignation to President Aoun and he urged me to wait before offering it and to hold onto it for more dialogue about its reasons and political background, and I showed responsiveness," Mr Hariri said in surprising conciliatory remarks. Mr Hariri, a dual Saudi citizen who once enjoyed Riyadh’s backing, addressed hundreds of supporters of his Future Movement party outside his residence in Beirut. “I’m staying with you, I will continue with you…  to be a line of defense for Lebanon, Lebanon's stability and Lebanon's Arabism,” he told the crowd. Questions remain over whether the resignation will stand, forcing negotiations on a new government, or if he might withdraw it. A resignation brings down the government and the president then engages in consultations to select a new prime minister to form a cabinet. French President Emmanuel Macron (4R) and his wife Brigitte Macron (R) welcome Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri (2R), his wife Lara Bachir El-Alzm (3R) and their son Houssam (L) at the Elysee Presidential Palace on November 18 Credit: AFP The resignation is seen by many as the first step in an unprecedented Saudi intervention in Lebanese politics and the opening up of a new front in its proxy war with foe Iran. In Lebanon, divided for more than a decade between a pro-Saudi camp and a Tehran-backed alliance, that process typically takes months of political wrangling. Mr Hariri announced his resignation in a televised address from Saudi Arabia on November 4, stunning the nation and plunging the country in turmoil. He has been silent since, and Lebanese are hoping his arrival back home will help clear up the mysterious circumstances surrounding his resignation.   Riyadh has warned of its concerns of Iranian-backed Hizbollah’s growing influence in the government. Saudi had hoped its meddling would have seen political parties rally against an emboldened Hizbollah, but instead they rallied they jointly condemned the kingdom’s breach of its sovereignty.



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The Latest: Triumphant Hariri declares "Lebanon First!"

The Latest: Triumphant Hariri declares "Lebanon First!"BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Prime Minister Saad Hariri's return to Lebanon (all times local):



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The Latest: Lebanon PM Hariri prays at father's grave

The Latest: Lebanon PM Hariri prays at father's graveBEIRUT (AP) — The latest on the crisis following Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri's shock resignation while in Saudi Arabia more than two weeks ago (all times local):



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After Macron meeting, Hariri says will clarify position in Lebanon

After Macron meeting, Hariri says will clarify position in LebanonBy John Irish and Marine Pennetier PARIS (Reuters) – Saad al-Hariri, who resigned as Lebanon’s prime minister this month while in Saudi Arabia, said on Saturday he would clarify his position when he returns to Beirut next week. Hariri’s resignation on Nov. 4 threw Lebanon into political crisis and put it centre-stage in the Middle East’s overarching rivalry between Sunni Saudi Arabia and its allies and a bloc led by Shi’ite Iran. “With regard to the political situation in Lebanon, I will go to Beirut in the coming days, I will participate in the independence celebrations, and it is there that I will make known my position on these subjects after meeting President (Michel) Aoun,” Hariri said after holding talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.



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Lebanon's Hariri to visit Egypt on Tuesday: Hariri's office

Lebanon's Hariri to visit Egypt on Tuesday: Hariri's officeSaad al-Hariri, who announced his resignation as Lebanese prime minister in a televised broadcast from Saudi Arabia on Nov. 4, will visit Egypt on Tuesday to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Hariri’s office said on Sunday. Hariri has since Saturday been in Paris, where he met French President Emmanuel Macron, and has said he will return to Lebanon by Wednesday for its Independence Day celebrations. Lebanese President Michel Aoun has said he will not accept Hariri’s resignation until it is delivered in person and all sides in Beirut have called for his speedy return.



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After Macron meeting, Hariri says will clarify position in Lebanon

After Macron meeting, Hariri says will clarify position in LebanonBy John Irish and Marine Pennetier PARIS (Reuters) – Saad al-Hariri, who resigned as Lebanon’s prime minister this month while in Saudi Arabia, said on Saturday he would clarify his position when he returns to Beirut next week. Hariri’s resignation on Nov. 4 threw Lebanon into political crisis and put it center-stage in the Middle East’s overarching rivalry between Sunni Saudi Arabia and its allies and a bloc led by Shi’ite Iran. “With regard to the political situation in Lebanon, I will go to Beirut in the coming days, I will participate in the independence celebrations, and it is there that I will make known my position on these subjects after meeting President (Michel) Aoun,” Hariri said after holding talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.



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