What Prompted Hariri to Resign after Meeting with Iranian Envoy?

Calvin Saunders
November 6, 2017

Lebanon's prime minister Saad al-Hariri gestures during a press conference in parliament building at downtown Beirut, Lebanon October 9, 2017.

Its warning came a day after Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation.

There is "no danger to the economy or pound", Khalil said.

Nasrallah said he would not comment on accusations levelled against Hezbollah by Hariri, describing his resignation announcement as a Saudi statement.

Following Hariri's decision to step down, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the resignation should be a "wake-up call" to the global community to the threat posed by Iran's regional ambitions, which he said endanger not only Israel but the entire Middle East.

Saudi Arabia and Iran are regional arch foes. In 2016 he was appointed prime minister for the second tenure by president Michel Aoun, an ally of Hezbollah.

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The government was formed late last year in a political deal that ended years of deadlock, and last month it produced Lebanon's first budget since 2005.

His father, Rafik al-Hariri, was prime minister after Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war and was assassinated in a vehicle bombing in 2005.

Manama has declared Hezbollah a terrorist group and repeatedly accused it of involvement in violent attacks in the kingdom.

According to the source, with their inappropriate demands, Hariri and the Saudis expected Iran to leave alone the Yemenis to their fate "but after receiving Iran's negative response, the Saudis called back Hariri and urged him to resign".

CGTN's Yasser Hakim confirms Saudi intelligence convinced Hariri that his life could be in peril if he traveled back to Lebanon.

A Saudi minister said on Saturday that Hariri's personal security detail had "confirmed information" about the plot. I and my government have tried to keep to a policy of non-intervention in the crises in our region, but Iran keeps trying to intervene in Lebanon's internal affairs.

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