Jubeir: Hariri's Resignation Withdrawal No 'Defeat' for SAإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Friday affirmed that the Kingdom was not “defeated” after Prime Minister Saad Hariri rescinded his resignation, pointing out that SA will “wait and see” if the premier will be “allowed to implement his political agenda.”
“We have backed PM Saad Hariri and his political agenda when he formed his first government under President Michel Aoun. However, Aoun and Hizbullah did not give Hariri the space to govern,” said Jubeir in an interview with France 24
“They used him as a front to change the electoral law. That's why Hariri decided to resign and create a positive shock,” he added.
Hariri's announcement from Saudi Arabia that he was stepping down in November-- which he later revoked after returning back to Lebanon three week after-- has thrown the country into disarray as the move was highly blamed on the Kingdom as having forced the PM's resignation.
The Saudi minister added that Hariri had returned to Lebanon with the aim of submitting his resignation officially, “but Speaker Nabih Berri promised him that Lebanon will commit to neutrality regarding the happenings in the Arab world and that Hariri will be given a political space to work with.”
Saudi Arabia “will therefore wait and see. We have backed this notion and will see if Aoun and Hizbullah will allow Hariri the space he wants to work for Lebanon,” he added.
Saudi Arabia “wants a stable and prosperous Lebanon. If Lebanon had not existed, there should have been a need to invent it. There are more than 17 sects living in harmony in this model country. If we lose it we will lose the minorities and wealth to our culture,” concluded al-Jubeir.