Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Lebanon's PM Saad Hariri holds off resignation

Lebanon's PM Saad Hariri
Saad Hariri has deferred his resignation as Lebanon's prime minister and has vowed to work with the country's president, Michel Aoun, to "protect" the country and maintain its security.

"Today, I presented my resignation to the president and he urged me to hold onto it for more dialogue about its reasons and its political underpinnings ... and I accepted," he said during a televised speech at the country's presidential palace on Wednesday.

"I will do so in hopes that it will renew talks to strengthen our unity and resolve internal conflicts we have and how they reflect in our relations with our Arab brothers," Hariri added.

"At this time, Lebanon needs exceptional efforts from everyone in the face of upcoming challenges ... I look forward today to a real partnership with all of the political parties to put Lebanon's interest on top of anything else."

Hariri addressed the nation after holding a private meeting with Aoun in the capital, Beirut.

Earlier, various leaders in Lebanon, including Aoun, attended an annual military parade that commenced the 74th Independence Day celebrations in Beirut.

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