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    Lebanon Not to Accept Hezbollah's Stance Affecting Its Arab Allies - Hariri

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    Hariri returned last week from Saudi Arabia, where he earlier announced his resignation, but then postponed his final decision.

    Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri stated that he would not tolerate Iran-backed Hezbollah's positions that "affect our Arab brothers or targets the security and stability of their countries," according to the his press office statement.

    In a video address from Saudi Arabia on November 4 Hariri announced his resignation and accused Iran and the Hezbollah movement of attempting to destabilize the situation in Lebanon and the Middle East, which Tehran in turn has denied.

    READ MORE: Thousands Celebrate Prime Minister Hariri's Return to Lebanon (PHOTO, VIDEO)

    The prime minister's move prompted speculations that he was forced to resign by the Saudi authorities, who, in turn, insisted that it was Hariri's own decision to stay in the country.

    Due to the religious diversity of Lebanon its government comprises representatives of the three main religious groups — Sunni, Shiite and Maronite Christian, with Hezbollah being the most powerful wing of the country's executive branch.

    Commenting on Hariri's shocking resignation, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said that Saudi Arabia "blatantly interfered" in Lebanon's domestic issues, adding that the former Lebanese prime minister's "forced" resignation was unconstitutional because it had been done "under duress."

    READ MORE: Lebanese President Accuses Saudi Arabia of Holding Hariri, His Family

    Hariri returned to Lebanon earlier this week after his visit to France and announced his decision to "postpone" his resignation, pending talks with the rest of the Lebanese government after Lebanese President Michel Aoun said he would not consider the prime minister's stepping down until a personal meeting.


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