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Saudi FM: ” If Lebanon had not existed, there should have been a need to invent it”

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Friday reiterated his country’s interest in a stable Lebanon and  denied that Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s  rescinding of  his resignation  was a  “defeat ”  for the kingdom, pointing out that SA will “wait and see” if the PM will be “allowed to implement his political agenda.” “We have backed PM […]

Lebanon prime minister denounces Iraqi militant’s trip to ceasefire line with Israel

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri has criticized the visit of an Iraqi Shiite militia leader to Lebanon’s ceasefire line with Israel, saying it violated local law. The trip by Qais Al-Khazali, the founder and leader of  the Iranian backed Iraq’s Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq militia, was organized by Lebanon’s Hezbollah, which is also backed by Iran Video […]

World leaders reaffirm support for Lebanon’s Hariri at Paris talks

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri met world leaders for crisis talks in Paris on Friday as Lebanon tries to chart a path through the regional power struggle between Iran and Saudi Arabia. The International Support Group for Lebanon was launched in September 2013, partly in response to the massive influx of refugees entering the country […]

Lebanese leaders slam Trump’s ‘dangerous’ decision on Jerusalem

President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Wednesday slammed U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “It is a dangerous decision that undermines the United States’ credibility as a sponsor of the peace process in the region,” Aoun said in a tweet. “This decision sets back […]

Lebanon’s economic dependence on Saudi Arabia is dangerous

Last month, Lebanon’s prime minister, Saad Hariri, resigned in Saudi Arabia — only to later rescind his resignation. This sparked fear of a Saudi-backed war against Hezbollah, Iran’s Lebanese ally. Riyadh has few local military assets to confront the Shiite movement but could strangle Lebanon’s small open economy. Lebanon is deeply reliant on capital inflows […]

A month after Hariri saga, Saudi's Lebanon gambit backfires

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A month ago, Saudi Arabia pressured Lebanese premier Saad Hariri to step down in an audacious endeavour to rein in regional rival Iran. Not only did Hariri rescind his resignation on Tuesday, but Riyadh's power play paradoxically led divided Lebanese factions to come together in order to avoid a political breakdown. Show More Summary

A month after Hariri saga, Saudi's Lebanon gambit backfires

A month ago, Saudi Arabia pressured Lebanese premier Saad Hariri to step down in an audacious endeavour to rein in regional rival Iran. But the aftermath brought just the opposite. Not only did Hariri rescind his resignation on Tuesday,...Show More Summary

Saad Hariri withdraws resignation after cabinet meeting

Lebanese prime minister revokes resignation after cabinet voted to remain out of regional conflicts.

Hariri’s resignation withdrawal offers chance to stability in Lebanon: Analysis

By Salah Takieddine Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri withdrew Tuesday his resignation one month after his announcement that he was quitting while on a visit to Saudi Arabia. Hariri made the decision during a cabinet meeting where the cabinet unanimously endorsed a policy of dissociation, or remaining neutral in regional conflicts. According to analysts, Hariri’s […]

Hariri rescinds resignation, drawing line under crisis

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri rescinded his resignation on Tuesday, drawing a line under a month-long crisis triggered when he announced from Riyadh that he was stepping down and remained outside Lebanon for weeks. His coalition government, which includes the Iran-backed Hezbollah group, reaffirmed a state policy of staying out of conflicts in Arab states. […]

Hariri to return to Paris Friday for Lebanon meeting

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri will attend talks in Paris Friday on the crisis triggered by his recent resignation announcement to be attended by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, France said Tuesday. "The aim is to support the...Show More Summary

Hariri to meet major powers in Paris on Friday and will hold cabinet meeting Tuesday

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri will meet ministers from major powers in Paris on Friday to discuss ways of stabilizing his country a month after his shock resignation plunged it into political turmoil, three diplomats said. The Arab and European diplomats said Hariri would take part in the meeting of the International Lebanon Support Group, […]

Lebanon's Hariri to meet major powers in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri will meet ministers from major powers in Paris on Friday to discuss ways of stabilizing his country a month after his shock resignation plunged it into political turmoil, three diplomats said.

Why Hezbollah matters so much in a turbulent Middle East

When the prime minister of Lebanon, Saad Hariri, suddenly resigned from office while visiting Saudi Arabia on November 4, the Lebanese people and their leaders struggled to make sense of it. First they were shocked when they watched Hariri’s deeply unsettling eight-minute resignation video, which was broadcast on Saudi satellite network al-Arabia instead of being […]

Lebanon's Hariri visits family in Paris: source

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri flew Wednesday night to Paris for a family visit, a source close to him said. "He left half an hour ago and will spend a few days with his family in Paris," said the source. Hariri's shock resignation...Show More Summary

Lebanese PM Hariri says Damascus wants him killed

Lebanese 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. “I have a lot of enemies, extremists and the Syrian regime. The latter has issued a death sentence against me. They accuse me of […]

Aoun says Hariri will stay as Lebanon PM since “the crisis is behind us now”

President Michel Aoun stressed on Wednesday that Saad Hariri will stay the Prime Minister of Lebanon as he stressed that the political crisis that followed his resignation will be over within days. “Hariri will certainly stay the prime minister of Lebanon and the political crisis will be solved in a matter of days,” said Aoun […]

Lebanon's Hariri signals may withdraw resignation next week - statement

ROME (Reuters) - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri indicated on Wednesday that he might withdraw his resignation next week, saying matters were "positive" and he would rescind his decision if they remained so, a statement from his press office said.

Lebanon's Hariri signals may withdraw resignation next week: statement

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Wednesday that matters were "positive" and if that continued, he would withdraw his resignation next week, a statement from his press office said.

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