Hariri Says Relation with LF 'Good' but Needs 'Clarifications'

Prime Minister Saad Hariri has described his relation with the Lebanese Forces as “good” while noting that it needs “some clarifications.”

“Today we are witnessing concentration on some of our allies, whether the LF or Kataeb, but the press is blowing things out of proportion,” Hariri told a delegation of Beiruti families.

“We have good ties with the LF and we certainly want them to be better. They also want that but some things need to be clarified and this will happen,” the premier added.

Hariri had sparked a storm of speculation on Monday when he said that certain “political parties” had stabbed him in the back during the political crisis of his surprise resignation announcement from Riyadh.

“There are political parties that tried to find a place for them in this crisis by stabbing me in the back and I will deal with these cases, case by case, but I do not hold grudge against anyone,” Hariri said.

Hariri also promised to “call things by their names” in an upcoming TV interview.

Hariri's Future TV has recently lashed out at ex-minister Ashraf Rifi, ex-MP Fares Soaid and political activist Radwan al-Sayyed, while some members of Hariri's al-Mustaqbal Movement have criticized the LF.

In his resignation statement Hariri accused Tehran and Hizbullah -- which has ministers in the Lebanese government -- of destabilizing the country and region.

But he eventually returned home and agreed to stay on as premier after securing an agreement from Hizbullah that Lebanon should keep out of regional conflicts.

Hariri remained in Riyadh for two weeks after his resignation, fueling speculation that he was being “held hostage.”

French President Emmanuel Macron later invited Hariri to Paris for talks, after which he returned home to a hero's welcome.

Source: Naharnet

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