Report: Hariri's Decision to Roll Back Resignation 'Conditional'

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Prime Minister Saad Hariri's decision to reconsider his resignation is “conditional” and could be attributed to an “inclination to embarrass Hizbullah” and secure the “widest possible support among the Lebanese for his national demands,” Saudi daily Asharq al-Awsat reported on Thursday.

Hariri has set three conditions for rolling back his resignation after putting it on hold on Wednesday to pave way for more consultations that will be started by President Michel Aoun.

Unnamed sources in Beirut told the daily that the PM has decided to postpone his resignation to “embarrass Hizbullah and rally more support among the Lebanese for his national demands.”

A well-informed source also told the daily the “conditions to roll back the resignation” are coupled with “maintaining the Taef Accord and to the genuine implementation of the dissociation policy in addition to safeguarding Lebanon's ties with Arab countries.”

The source stressed that Hariri's presence in the government is linked to these grounds.

On Wednesday, Hariri said he was suspending his surprise resignation, pending talks, providing a potential way out of a political crisis that has rocked the country.

Sources close to Hariri said the government will resume its duties, stressing that the “delay means a temporary suspension of the resignation of the government.” They added that Hariri has discussed the grounds for his resignation with Aoun.

For their part, sources familiar with Hizbullah’s position told Asharq al-Awsat that the party is ready for dialogue with an assertion that “the party's weapons will be out of the equation and the discussions will be linked to the defense strategy.”

Lebanon has been thrown into turmoil by Hariri's shock November 4 announcement from Saudi Arabia that he was stepping down, followed by a prolonged absence.

The resignation was seen as a ratcheting up of tensions in the long-running rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and raised fears that Lebanon would be paralysed by regional tensions.

Hours after his arrival back in Beirut, Hariri met with President Michel Aoun, who had refused to accept the premier's resignation until he returned to Lebanon.

Hariri said he hoped his decision would "allow for a responsible dialogue in a serious manner... that would settle disputes."

In announcing his resignation, he had levelled harsh criticism at Iran and its Lebanese ally Hizbullah, saying they had taken over Lebanon and were destabilizing the region.

He also said he had been forced to leave Lebanon because of threats to his safety, invoking the 2005 assassination of his father, former prime minister Rafik Hariri.

But he left the door open to withdrawing the resignation if Hizbullah group pulled back from involvement in regional conflicts.

Speaking in the evening after meeting parliament speaker Nabih Berri, Hariri called on "everyone" to respect this "policy of distance", saying that would "improve our relations with our Arab brothers ".

Hariri accuses Hizbullah of violating Lebanon's policy of "disassociation" from regional conflicts by fighting alongside Syria's government and assisting Huthi rebels in Yemen.

Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah has said the group was open to talks, though whether any real compromise could be reached remained unclear.

Comments 22
Thumb s.o.s 23 November 2017, 10:10

So laughable. Who's going to believe him? He's weak and always has been.

Thumb Kalzyturks 23 November 2017, 10:37

Awaiting Tric.portugal
Before I make any comments....

Thumb justin 23 November 2017, 10:38

Yeah right; hezbollah and its regional sponsor Iran are just going to roll over just because hariri threatened to resign. Sure, they need him to legitimize their terror activities and have been keeping happy with some scraps but he can dream of hezbollah making any concessions.

Thumb lebanon_first 23 November 2017, 10:51

After bullying lebanese for 15 years, with their yearly billion $ stipend from iran, Hezballah promoted itself to regional bully. Started its yemen operations.
MBS new leader in Saudi.
MBS upset he is losing in Yemen.
MBS blames, amongst others the HA militia.
MBS threatens puppet Hariri.
Bassil tells Europe. If no govt in Leb, we'll send 1M refugees to Europe.
Merkel and Macron slap MBS on hand.
MBS understands there is only so much he can do in lebanon.
MBS backs up.
Hariri's new demand: pls stop interfering in f...ing yemen, i'll withdraw my resignation.

Absurd situation. Absurd demand. What about "disarm the f...ing HA militia" like the LF disarmed. Like all militias disarmed?

Both chiites and sunnites, especially chiites, in lebanon have to gain more patriotism, let them be more like christians, and start thinking lebanon first. Not Iran.Not Saudi.

Thumb janoubi 23 November 2017, 11:38

Fascinating indeed....

"Merkel and Macron slap MBS on hand."

and while they are doing it, MBS does the following:

Saudi Arabia recalls ambassador to Germany over Gabriel comments
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-germany-lebanon/saudi-arabia-recalls-ambassador-to-germany-over-gabriel-comments-idUSKBN1DI00V

Saudis summon ambassador from Germany over Lebanon comments
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/saudis-summon-ambassador-germany-lebanon-comments-51241331

Thumb janoubi 23 November 2017, 11:41

"MBS upset he is losing in Yemen. "

اليمن.. الميليشيات تبحث عن خروج آمن من البيضاء
الحوثيون يحاولون التوسط مع آل حميقان للبحث عن ضمانات لهذا الخروج
https://www.alarabiya.net/ar/arab-and-world/yemen/2017/11/23/اليمن-الميليشيات-تبحث-عن-خروج-آمن-من-البيضاء.html

Thumb lebanon_first 23 November 2017, 12:23

Janoubi. Saudi is a G-20 country. One of the richest in the world. Yemen one of the poorest. In their oen backyard. They destroyed the country and could do dittly. Keep that in mind before assessing who is winning.

Thumb barrymore 23 November 2017, 12:06

"What about "disarm the ........ HA militia" like the LF disarmed. Like all militias disarmed?"

Here is your answer:

Iran's Guards Chief Says Disarming Hizbullah 'Non-Negotiable'
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/238603-iran-s-guards-chief-says-disarming-hizbullah-non-negotiable

Thumb justin 23 November 2017, 11:17

"MBS upset he is losing in Yemen. "

lol, read_first :)

Thumb galaxy 23 November 2017, 11:20

"Both chiites and sunnites, especially chiites, in lebanon have to gain more patriotism, let them be more like christians, and start thinking lebanon first. Not Iran.Not Saudi."

Yes the Sunnis need to be more like the Christians and think Lebanon First just like the Christians did when they insisted on hezbollah's nominee for the presidency.

Thumb lebanon_first 23 November 2017, 11:38

Aoun was elected not only by christian, but by with shia votes.

Thumb galaxy 23 November 2017, 11:49

yes, we all know how aoun was elected to the presidency. The Christians ( mainly the FPM ) were demonstrating on the streets for 2 1/2 years demanding the election of their strong Christian president accusing those who do not want Aoun of abandoning the national pact. Hezbollah was saying 'Aoun or no president'.

I hope you are not saying the Christians did not know their president in waiting was/is an iranian puppet.

Thumb eagledawn 23 November 2017, 11:24

"lebanon_first:
Each country has its problems. We have hezbollah. Lets live with it"

Thumb ashtah 23 November 2017, 11:29

Yeah, hezbollah is just a 'minuscule' problem and an annoyance much like traffic in Jakarta or pollution in India people tend to live with and adapt to it.

Thumb lebanon_first 23 November 2017, 11:41

Yes @eagledawn. What do u want us do? Sclerose the country with no govt? Some people have to keep the country running with HA, and some have to lobby US congress to pay up 1.5 billion $ to antihezbollah shias and outspend iran in buying shia votes. So another option exist for shias than the party of weapons and the party of stealing.

Thumb galaxy 23 November 2017, 11:55

you can't say let's live with hezbollah and at the same time demand to disarm it. That's not how it works. You take a stand and stop making concessions to hezbollah under the slogan" we care more about Lebanon and we will make concessions for the sake of Lebanon" to a iranian terrorist militia that does not give a damn about Lebanon.

Revisit/Reassess your slogan of " let's live with it" and where it led us for the last 10-15 years.

Thumb lebanon_first 23 November 2017, 12:20

@galaxy.
Yes it led us to mediocrity. But we, the people of lebanon had semi normal lives.

You know the alternative? If we fought them head on? Or u are safely abroad 3am tnathir?

I m living in lebanon and I dont really want a civil war. Maybe if I was living outside, I would have wanted the problem to "be taken care of" whatever the cost.

Thumb galaxy 23 November 2017, 12:59

I live in Beirut, Lebanon and have seen hezbollah's evil and destructive deeds first hand.

Thumb s.o.s 23 November 2017, 14:15

Yes Eagle, he's a masochistic piece of c.

It's like being spoon-fed with shit everyday and ordering some more for tomorrow. Sick mentality...

Thumb tric.portugal 23 November 2017, 13:54

A well-informed source also told the daily the “conditions to roll back the resignation” are coupled with “maintaining the Taef Accord and to the genuine implementation of the dissociation policy in addition to safeguarding Lebanon's ties with Arab countries.”
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Hariri violated the Taef Accords after the lebanese prime-minister resign is Saudi Arabia...Hariri violated the genuine implementation of the dissociation policy when he and the Saudis are bloquing the process of refugies return...the leader of Arab countries, the Saudis, talks with a huge arrogance to Lebanon and Lebannon must support that behavour!!!??? Lebanon is not Hariri...

Thumb tric.portugal 23 November 2017, 14:28

Lebanon must start talk for find a new prime-minister our if Hariri resign for the second time the Taef Acords give to the President special power to nominated a new prime-minister!!! it´s clear in the Taef Acords..in a time that the Cristhians are being extreminated in the region the President of Lebanon have special powers to protect the stability of the Cristhians comunities in Lebanon...

Thumb Kalzyturks 23 November 2017, 20:16

Who said the Christhians are being Exterminated in Lebanon they are not Tric.

Stop tricing the masses and scare mongering and your biased views are the same.

They are well represented in Lebanon and the Lebanese army is doung an excellent job to protect all of Lebanese citizens.