Lebanese PM Hariri revokes his resignation

Lebanon unwilling to harm Arab countries: Hariri

Hariri had announced last week that he was going to officially withdraw his resignation sometime this week if "positive circumstances" continue.

The Lebanese government said in a statement read by Hariri: "The cabinet thanks its leader (Hariri) for his position and for revoking his resignation".

Hariri's "statement has no guarantees on how this will translate on the ground" given that Hezbollah is still in Syria, said Sami Nader, head of the Beirut-based Levant Institute for Strategic Affairs.

The resignation was seen as part of the boiling tensions between the Saudi kingdom - which had long backed Hariri - and its regional rival Iran.

"The Lebanese government, through all its political components, disassociates itself from any conflicts or wars, as well as the internal affairs of Arab countries to protect Lebanon's political and economic relations with its Arab brothers", Hariri said.

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Hariri's decision came after officials ironed out differences over a statement pledging compliance with a policy of dissociation and noninterference in the internal affairs of Arab countries. This rivalry has sometimes pitted Hariri against President Michel Aoun.

The Lebanese President had said at the time Hariri was being held against his will in Riyadh, a claim Hariri denied.

Hezbollah has been accused of violating the policy, however, by fighting in neighbouring Syria to support the Damascus regime as well as by dispatching military commanders to Iraq and allegedly backing Shiite rebels in Yemen.

On November 4, Hariri had announced his resignation from Saudi capital, Riyadh, citing threat to his life.

After top-level French intervention, the 47-year-old premier returned to Beirut and "paused" his resignation ahead of consultations.

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