Hariri Tells Joyous Supporters Celebrating His Return 'I Will Stay'

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Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who returned back to Beirut Tuesday after a mysterious saga that saw his shock resignation in Saudi Arabia, told thousands of supporters rallying near his Center House in Downtown Beirut on Wednesday that he was staying.

"I'm staying with you... we're continuing together, to be the first line of defense for Lebanon and its stability," he told a large crowd gathered in front of his home.

Thousands of Hariri supporters flocked to the Center House on Wednesday celebrating his return to Lebanon and expressing support for the Premier following a surprise resignation on November 4 from Riyadh that left the country in disarray.

Advocates of Hariri gave him a welcome and flocked from different Lebanese regions cheering and flashing banners welcoming his return and chanting to the beat of music resonating in the streets.

Hariri said Wednesday he had agreed to suspend his surprise decision to resign, at the request of President Michel Aoun, pending talks on the political situation.

The new decision came hours after the premier landed back in Lebanon for the first time since announcing his resignation in a statement from Saudi Arabia.

"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 meeting Aoun. 

"I agreed to this request."

Lebanon has been gripped by the political crisis precipitated by Hariri's resignation, including the question of whether the premier was being detained in Saudi Arabia, where he remained for two weeks after stepping down.

Aoun had refused to accept Hariri's resignation while the premier was still abroad, and even accused Riyadh of having "detained" the prime minister.

Hariri holds dual Saudi-Lebanese citizenship, and denied he was being held against his will by Riyadh, a close political ally, but accepted a French invitation to visit Paris, leaving the kingdom on November 18.

Comments 17
Thumb galaxy 22 November 2017, 13:32

Hariri 25 remaining Supporters Joyous after His Return

Thumb janoubi 22 November 2017, 13:51

KSA must have paid these Hariri supporters to go on the streets to welcome him or Not?

Thumb tric.portugal 22 November 2017, 16:00

"I'm staying with you... we're continuing together, to be the first line of defense for Lebanon and its stability," he told a large crowd gathered in front of his home.
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stability!!!??? everybody see that when Hariri, the Prime-Minister of Lebanon, resign in Saudi Arabia...only by order of Saudi King!!! Hariri is in the front line of the instability...

Thumb ado.australia 22 November 2017, 16:02

Thank you KSA and Prince MBS for uniting Lebanon and encouraging the Prime Minister of Lebanon to understand his true role as Lebanese and not some business hostage/stooge.

Thumb janoubi 22 November 2017, 16:42

@ado.australia

After your S-400 legendary stories, I advise you to keep a low profile. You have zero credibility among posters. You are attacking the posters who exposed your stupidity. Instead you should be embarrassed and not belligerent.

Thumb barrymore 22 November 2017, 19:13

@janoubi

ado.australia never misses a chance to show his class. He gets upset and shows his true colors when he is exposed for the filthy hypocrite he really is.

Thumb liberty 23 November 2017, 08:18

what 3addo wrote to s.o.s is the epitome of secularism and good manners.

filthy takiah devil worshiper.

Thumb Knight 22 November 2017, 16:02

do you have proof there was not an assassination plot against his life?

Thumb Knight 22 November 2017, 16:03

yeah that is why the 'sectarian' kingdom re-built your villages, bridges and infrastructure after every war you started.

Thumb tric.portugal 22 November 2017, 16:09

Hariri do not respected any polititian in Lebanon...the Lebaneses politicians have to manage the huge impact of Hariri Crisis and do not have a rallie in thanks to the unitie manifestated in this crisis provocated by Hariri...Hariri iu are dog!!! only demonstrated desrespeted by the lebanese political actors with that behavour of prima-donna...

Thumb tric.portugal 22 November 2017, 16:11

but iour true face gonna see again...dog of Meca!! because the return of refugies process cannot be delayed anymore!!

Thumb ado.qawmisuria 22 November 2017, 19:06

Tell me my Iberian friend why would someone claiming to be Portuguese be so interested in the return of the Syrian refugees to mother Syria and how come you use a purely Quranic vocabulary. You are spending so much time on this site one could confuse you with one Dahieh sewer dweller with nowhere to go. I as a Syrian Qawmi am interested because Lebanon is a fake state illegally taken from mother Syrian by the French colonialists and Maronite Patriarch Hoayek. For me the Syrian refugees must return to mother Syria just like the territory occupied by the fabricated Republic of Lebanon must be returned to mother Syrian, especial on this day terrible anniversary. By force if need be.

Thumb tric.portugal 22 November 2017, 19:33

"PM Hariri from Dar al-Fatwa: We must fortify our relations with all our Arab brothers and the dissociation policy is essential and should be implemented."
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yes...must start with the return of refugies...and yes!!! Lebanon is a republic fabricated, fabricated by the Cristhians that´s why his the only place in all Arab World that we can find civilization...

Thumb ado.qawmisuria 22 November 2017, 21:25

Hum my Iberian friend you are obviously not a regular Christian like you pretend to be, that's impossible . Because only Qawmis like me or Baathists like the great president Assad or those who want an Islamic Republic like Sayyed Hassan and secular comrade mowaten think that Lebanon is a fabricated republic and rather than an entity with a long and vibrant history; so which one of these exiting choices are you? I will remind you of the choices, Qawmi, Baathist, Iranian. Remember there are no bad choices here, all are wonderful ones.

Thumb tric.portugal 23 November 2017, 00:52

"For me the Syrian refugees must return to mother Syria just like the territory occupied by the fabricated Republic of Lebanon must be returned to mother Syrian, especial on this day terrible anniversary. "
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yes...for Hariri, Lebanon must be a example for Europe, and give the lebanese nationality to all refugies...it was promess that Hriri do in Meca...

Thumb shab 22 November 2017, 16:45

ever since law kuntu a3lam

Thumb Mordekaiser 22 November 2017, 16:57

So what was the whole point other than to distract us from the real day to day problems?