Saturday, November 4, 2017

Lebanon president says awaits PM to discuss resignation

Lebanese President Michel Aoun
Lebanese President Michel Aoun said Saturday he awaited the return of Prime Minister Saad Hariri to Beirut to hear the “circumstances of his resignation”.

In a statement, the Lebanese Presidency said Aoun had received a phone call from Hariri “from outside Lebanon” to resign as the country’s prime minister.

  • In a televised address from Saudi Arabia earlier Saturday, Hariri announced a surprise resignation from his post, attributing the move to what he described as Iranian attempts to impose its hegemony on Lebanon.

He criticized Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah, accusing Tehran of planting “sedition” and meddling in Arab affairs.

Hariri was appointed prime minister in late 2016, leading a 30-member government that included Hezbollah.


  1. Senior Advisor to the Iranian foreign minister Hossein Sheikholeslam underlined that US President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman have coaxed Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri into declaring his resignation in a foreign country...

    "Al-Hariri's resignation was done in coordination with Trump and Mohammed bin Salman to foment tension in Lebanon and the region," Sheikholeslam said on Saturday.

    Noting that the resignation was planned by the Americans to make up for their losses after the ISIL was defeated in the region, he said it was better for al-Hariri to respect the Lebanese nation and submit his resignation inside the country and not from a foreign state, Saudi Arabia.

    Al-Hariri resigned during a trip to Saudi Arabia in a surprise move that plunged the country into uncertainty amid heightened regional tensions.

    1. Lebanese presidency acts constitutionally after Hariri returns to Beirut: Statement

    2. A statement issued by Lebanon Internal Security Forces denies the reports about frustrating an attempt to assassinate resigned PM Saad Hariri

    3. In an issued statement by President of the Republic, Michel Aoun’s media bureau on Saturday, it indicated that the President was informed by telephone of Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s government resignation.

      “President Aoun received a telephone call from Prime Minister Saad Hariri, currently outside Lebanon, informing him of the resignation of his government,” the statement said.

      It was learnt that President Aoun is awaiting the return of Prime Minister Hariri to Beirut to know more about the circumstances of his resignation.

      Source: NNA


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