Saudi Arabia 'imposed' Lebanon PM's resignation, says Hezbollah chief

Emmett Rice
November 6, 2017

"The sudden resignation of Mr. Hariri and his statement in another country is not only surprising and regrettable but is also an indication of his playing a game designed by those who want ill for the region, and the victor of this game is not Arabic or Muslim countries but the Zionists", Qassemi said.

Prime Minister Saad Hariri upended Lebanese politics with his surprise resignation Saturday.

"The resignation was a Saudi decision dictated to Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri and was forced on him", Nasrallah said in a televised address.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also said during the talks in Beirut, Hariri raised Saudi Arabia's demands, urging Iran to stop supporting the oppressed nation of Yemen and improve its ties with the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council members.

"Saudi Arabia is different than the terrorist state Iran". In 2016 he was appointed prime minister for the second tenure by president Michel Aoun, an ally of Hezbollah.

Hariri allies in Lebanon have denied suggestions that he had been detained.

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The government was formed late last year in a political deal that ended years of deadlock, and last month it produced Lebanon's first budget since 2005.

Speaking from the Saudi capital Riyadh, Hariri cited Iran's "grip" on the country and threats to his life.

Nasrallah also said "legitimate questions" were being raised in Lebanon over whether Hariri was being detained in Saudi Arabia.

Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh sought to calm fears the political turmoil would hit Lebanon's already fragile economy, issuing a statement to reaffirm the stability of its currency, which is pegged against the USA dollar. I and my government have tried to keep to a policy of non-intervention in the crises in our region, but Iran keeps trying to intervene in Lebanon's internal affairs.

He added that Hariri resigned from Riyadh for security reasons.

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