Monday, 13 November 2017

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri says he will return home "in days"



Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri says he will return home "in days" to formally submit his resignation.

 
Mr Hariri spoke to Future TV from Riyadh, his first public remarks since he announced he was stepping down last week.


Lebanese watch an interview with Saad Hariri at a coffee shop in Beirut


His cabinet allies say he is being held captive, but Mr Hariri denied this.


He has blamed the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement for his resignation, citing concerns over his and his family's safety.


The US and UK have warned other countries not to use Lebanon for proxy conflicts.
Mr Hariri, a Sunni leader and businessman, was nominated to form Lebanon's government in November 2016.


"I have resigned. I am going to Lebanon very soon and I will resign in the constitutional manner," he said in the TV interview.


Under Lebanese law the prime minister has to submit his resignation to the president, who must accept it for it to take effect.


However, Mr Hariri also held out the prospect that he might reconsider resigning if Hezbollah stopped intervening in neighbouring countries.


"If we want to go back on the resignation, we have to return to the policy of distancing ourselves" from regional conflicts," he said, according to the Associated Press.


"I am not against Hezbollah as a party, I have a problem with Hezbollah destroying the country," he said.


The main problem for the region, he said, was "Iran interfering in Arab states".




BBC     News.