Hariri Says Putting Resignation on Hold at Aoun's Request

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Prime Minister Saad Hariri said on Wednesday that he is putting his resignation on hold after President Michel Aoun asked him to reconsider pending consultations.

“I discussed my resignation with the President of the Republic who asked me to wait before submitting it... and allow for more consultations," Hariri told reporters after a closed-door meeting at the Presidential Palace and added "I agreed to this request."

Hariri also extended his appreciation for the President's affection, he said: “I thank Aoun for the affection he had shown towards me,” and also thanked the Lebanese “I express appreciation to all the Lebanese throughout the past period,” he added.

He also thanked Speaker Nabih Berri saying: “I also thank Berri for his wise commitment to the Constitution.”

Hariri's announcement came during national celebrations of Independence Day, hours after the return of Hariri after his absence since his resignation Nov. 4.

Lebanon's president met privately with Hariri in their first face-to-face meeting following Hariri's shock resignation nearly three weeks ago from Saudi Arabia.

The Lebanese presidency said Wednesday the meeting was also attended by the parliament speaker.

President Michel Aoun had said he will not consider the resignation of Hariri until he hears from him in person. Hariri resigned from Saudi Arabia, saying he was protesting the meddling of Iran and Its Lebanese ally, Hizbuollah, in Arab affairs.

Hariri was expected to formally present his resignation now that he is in Beirut. Hariri had said he may reconsider his resignation if there is a new "settlement" that ensures Hizbullah stays out of regional affairs.

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Thumb ex-fpm 22 November 2017, 12:41

Hariri Says Putting Resignation on Hold at Aoun's Request

Strange indeed!

The Iranians living in Lebanon said he was forced to submit his resignation in Riyadh. When he went to France he spoke of the same reasons that led him to resign from Riyadh. The Iranians at that time claimed his children were being held hostage in Riyadh and Hariri had to conform.

Now he is in Lebanon and has put his resignation on hold contrary to what the Saudis allegedly forced him to do, yet his children are still being held hostage in Riyadh.

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 22 November 2017, 12:46

When did the shia ever make sense?

Thumb galaxy 22 November 2017, 12:51

lol the heretics and their lies always get exposed.
Regardless, he is not fit to be prime minister and lacks popular support.

Thumb thepatriot 22 November 2017, 14:05

galaxy... no one has popular support anymore....we are waiting for the messiah...it is pathetic and sad...

Thumb Elemental 22 November 2017, 23:04

Same with the amount of THC in his system.

Thumb tric.portugal 22 November 2017, 12:54

Hariri the priority of the priorities in Lebanon is the return of the refugies...any Sunni Prime-Minister that boyccoted this mega important process in Lebanon is a takfir...

Thumb tric.portugal 22 November 2017, 13:31

for what is happenning a rally of support Hariri, the Lebanese Prime-Minister in the Lebanese, in the Day of Lebanese Independence...why not exist a rally of support for Aoun and Berry, and all politicians, in the Day of Independence, that stay in Lebanon to manage the crisis tha Hariri created!!??? Hariri is narcisic and a takfir...using the Lebanese Day of Independence for his saudis political interests...Hariri, the dog of the Saudis...

Thumb thepatriot 22 November 2017, 14:06

tric tric tric... you're over reacting tric...take a valium and chill dude...

Thumb irena 22 November 2017, 16:06

So, nothing will ever change.
Hezbollah will not disarm, neither it will make any significant concessions.
And Lebanon will continue in turmoil. With Siniora or Mikati in Hariri's place, (should Hariri stick to his resignation).

Thumb ado.australia 22 November 2017, 16:23

The Gulf Arabs (Bedouins) can influence much with their oil money but they can not own Lebanon

Thumb Knight 22 November 2017, 16:32

sure it was the Gulf Arabs who recently said 'nothing happens in Lebanon without Iran's approval'.

By the way, who do you think you are fooling here except yourself?

Thumb janoubi 22 November 2017, 17:50

it was the Gulf Arabs who said they control 4 Arab capitals; Beirut among them.

Filthy propagandist.

Thumb Knight 22 November 2017, 16:35

Poor your hezbollah, they need to trust the rest of the Lebanese in order to integrate into civilization.

The rest of the Lebanese need to be 'honest' with hezbollah:)))

You are such a sneaky but obvious iranian hezbollah supporter. You fool no one.

Thumb Knight 22 November 2017, 16:38

your iranian terrorist leader himself has said on every occasion he reports to iran; takes his money from iran, he is armed by iran and does nothing without the ayatollah's orders in iran. And you are here presenting a sob story making it a social issue about hezbollah arms?

You are even more pathetic than you appear.

Thumb ado.australia 22 November 2017, 17:05

After every assisination after martyr Hariri... Ask yourself who benefited from their death? Which side garthered political momentum after each assisination? Who was at a political loss after each killing? Just as the “false flag” (described by most US congress Intelleginace committee members) chemical attack in Syria? Why didn’t Obama proceed with his red line?

Thumb irena 22 November 2017, 17:16

I'm afraid there's little to be optimistic about.
Unless Teheran softens its ambitions in the Middle East, we'll see very few improvements in the region (Lebanon included).

Thumb s.o.s 22 November 2017, 17:38

Joke of the year. Read this people!

ADO Australian "... I am not trying to fool anyone. If you have been on this forum for more than your designated/paid period of time... you might have been made to understand that I’ve been commenting on this site since before 2003. I don’t support Hezbollah nor am I their enemy! "

Thumb janoubi 22 November 2017, 17:43

the troll says: "After every assisination after martyr Hariri... Ask yourself who benefited from their death? Which side garthered political momentum after each assisination? "

let's see: Hezbollah in 2006 versus hezbollah 2017. Hezbollah in 2017 appoints/forces a president. forces an election law, has a government 17 out of 30 are pro hezbollah.

You are an embarrassing fool... have some pride you donkey!

Thumb janoubi 22 November 2017, 17:47

ado is a typical hezbollah troll. He claims to be christian believing it would add credibility to his iranian worthless arguments and to show that hezbollah has acceptance within the christian community.

He claims not to support hezbollah yet he spares no effort in justifying hezbollah holding onto their arms under the repulsive motto of " trust and honesty among Lebanese".

His arguments are as fake as his claims to Christianity.

Thumb liberty 23 November 2017, 06:29

"I don’t support Hezbollah nor am I their enemy!" says the iranian troll.

you're their best friend and servant ya takiah lying pos.

Thumb ado.australia 22 November 2017, 16:14

Enough of the Arabs and others treating Lebanon as if we are a fake country! Kidnapping a Prime Minister! The nerve of these Arabs. Lebanon is not a Sunni or Shite chess board! Back off and learn from history... even modern history! Don’t believe the CIA fact book. Lebanon might have 6 million people living within her borders but that doesn’t mean The Lebanon is no longer the same country that we created!

Thumb shab 22 November 2017, 16:39

Put on hold, meaning resignation still stands.

Thumb s.o.s 22 November 2017, 22:52

This this the way everyone understandz it.