Hariri Postpones Resignation, Lambastes Hezbollah

Lebanese Flag Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Lebanese Flag Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri has postponed his resignation to “discuss ways to disassociate Lebanon from wars in neighboring countries.”

He has warned Hezbollah from interfering in the regional conflicts; an indication of Hezbollah’s involvement in the Syrian wars.

He said this during a meeting with the Higher Islamic Council, the official body for country’s Sunni Muslims.

“The postponement [of resignation] at the request of President Michel Aoun was to give an opportunity to discuss and negotiate our principal demands to make Lebanon neutral and keep it away from the conflicts and the wars in the region, and to implement the policy of disassociation … and commit to the Taif Agreement,” Hariri said in a statement released by the prime minister’s office.

“As we have previously announced on several occasions, we will not accept Hezbollah’s positions that affect our Arab brothers or target the security and stability of their countries,” he added.

Mr. Hariri, on Saturday, has warned that Lebanon was being targeted and his country is still being targeted to drag into chaos.

Earlier, the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri resigned in fear for his life in a televised broadcast from Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. He accused Iran of destruction and fear in some countries of Middle East including Lebanon.

In his resignation speech, Hariri said Iran “has a desire to destroy the Arab world and has boasted of its control of the decisions in all the Arab capitals. Hezbollah imposed a reality in Lebanon through force of arms, and their intervention causes us big problems with all our Arab allies”.

Addressing the Islamic Council on Saturday, PM Hariri said (Translated by Al Jazeera, a Doha based News Network)”The burdens placed on Dar al-Fatwa are huge. Your mission is to rationalize the religious discourse and educate the citizens to prevent the exploitation of some religious platforms for political objectives against the interests of Lebanon and the Lebanese. Because we are the people of moderation and tolerance.”

“We are targeted in the region and if we do not act wisely, we will drag the country into chaos,” Hariri said. “You are Dar al-Fatwa, and you have shown during the crisis that has passed that you are keen on national unity and preventing any division or sedition among the Lebanese.”

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