Lebanon’s Hariri: Hezbollah positions affecting Arab allies are unacceptable

Lebanon’s Hariri: Hezbollah positions affecting Arab allies are unacceptable
Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri greets his supporters upon his arrival at his home in Beirut on November 22, 2017. (AFP)
Updated 25 November 2017

Lebanon’s Hariri: Hezbollah positions affecting Arab allies are unacceptable

Lebanon’s Hariri: Hezbollah positions affecting Arab allies are unacceptable

BEIRUT: Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said on Saturday that he will not accept Iran-backed Hezbollah’s positions that “affect our Arab brothers or targets the security and stability of their countries,” a statement from his press office said.
Hariri announced his resignation from his post on Nov. 4 in a televised statement from Saudi Arabia.
After returning to Lebanon this week, he shelved the decision on Wednesday at the request of President Michel Aoun.
On Saturday, he said that his decision to wait instead of officially resigning is to give a chance to discuss and look into demands that will make Lebanon neutral and allow it to enforce its “disassociation” policy.
“Disassociation” is widely understood in Lebanon to mean its policy of staying out of regional conflicts. The regional role played by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah political and military movement has greatly alarmed Saudi Arabia, Hariri’s long-time ally.