MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to Hossein Sheikholeslam, an adviser to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Washington and Riyadh are working "to fuel tension in Lebanon and the region after the defeat of Islamic State [terrorist group, banned in Russia] and failure of the United States in the region", he noted additing that "Hariri's resignation comes within the framework of plans of US President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman."
Hariri was in office between 2009 and 2011 and has taken the office again in November 2016. His father Rafik was killed in 2005.
Lebanon-based Shiite paramilitary organization, Iranian Shiite leadership and the Syrian government, headed by Bashar Assad, who belongs to the Alawite branch of Shiite Islam, are traditional allies in the Middle Eastern affairs. These forces used to stay united in the long-standing political and religious confrontation with Sunni monarchies of the Persian Gulf and other states supported by Western nations.