Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri Officially Revokes Resignation

FILE PHOTO – Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri presides a cabinet meeting at the governmental palace in Beirut, Lebanon September 29, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir/File Photo

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri officially rescinded his resignation on Tuesday, reversing his shock decision last month to step down, his press office told CNN.

Hariri surprised the nation by announcing he was quitting his post in a televised address from the Saudi capital of Riyadh in early November. But two weeks ago, Hariri arrived back in Beirut and said he would suspend his resignation at the request of his government.

On Tuesday, Hariri revoked his resignation after all factions of the Lebanese government — including the militant group Hezbollah, with whom he shares power — agreed to stay out of regional conflicts, his press office said.

Hariri said in a statement that his cabinet had reached a consensus to “exclude” itself from “any disputes, conflicts, wars, or the internal affairs of Arab states.”

There are several Hezbollah ministers in Hariri’s cabinet, and his statement on Tuesday suggested that the group, which has fighters in Syria, had also agreed to stay out of the affairs of other Arab states.

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SOURCE: CNN, Ghazi Balkiz and Tamara Qiblawi