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Lebanon PM Hariri revokes resignation as all parties agree on deal

Lebanon PM Hariri revokes resignation as all parties agree on deal

The attempt fizzled when Lebanon's president refused to accept the resignation unless Mr. Hariri delivered it in person, and the normally fractious Lebanese united against the Saudi move.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has formally revoked his resignation after reaching a consensus political agreement with rival parties.

The prime minister unexpectedly resigned from his post early last month, throwing the small, religiously diverse Middle Eastern country into political turmoil.

Mr. Hariri said in a brief statement after a cabinet meeting Tuesday that the government had recommitted to dissociate "from any dispute and conflicts or wars, and not to interfere in the internal affairs of the Arab states, in order to preserve the relationship between Lebanon and its Arab brethren".

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Hariri said he was quitting on November 4 while on a trip to Saudi Arabia.

Hariri shocked the nation with his freakish resignation in a televised broadcast from Saudi Arabia last month, citing Lebanese militant group Hezbollah's meddling in regional affairs as a main reason for stepping down.

The Central News Agency quoted political sources as saying that France has stepped up its measures to end the crisis, as President Emmanuel Macron dispatched to Iran the head of France's foreign intelligence service, Bernard Emie, who met with a number of Iranian officials and discussed with them the expected settlement, and the need to show Tehran's approval and flexibility, paving the way for Hezbollah's withdrawal from Arab conflict zones.

Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Shiite political and militant movement, accused Riyadh of "blatant interference" in Lebanese politics, adding that Hariri's "forced" decision to step down was unconstitutional. Lebanon's Constitution demands that the country's government include representatives of each of its three main religious groups - Sunnis, Shiites and Maronite Christians. He blamed chief Saudi foe Iran and its proxy Hezbollah of destabilizing his country, and the timing and location of the statement raised questions whether the 47-year-old had been coerced into resigning.