Aoun says Hariri to ‘certainly’ stay as PM

by Annahar Staff

29 November 2017 | 19:08

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President Michel Aoun upon his arrival to Italy. (NNA Photo)

BEIRUT: Prime Minister Saad Hariri will “certainly” remain in his post, President Michel Aoun said Wednesday, stressing that Lebanon’s political crisis will be resolved in a few days. 

Lebanon's coalition government plunged into crisis after Hariri resigned on Nov. 4 from Saudi Arabia to protest Hezbollah's meddling in the affairs of Arab states. However, upon returning to Beirut, Hariri suspended his resignation to allow time for negotiations over Hezbollah's role in regional conflicts, from Syria to Iraq and Yemen.

“We have just finished talks with all the political forces, within and outside government. There is a broad agreement,” Italian newspaper La Stampa quoted Aoun as saying during a visit to Italy.

Hariri said on Monday that he would resume his duties as prime minister if Hezbollah refrains from intervening in regional conflicts.

Commenting on Hariri’s demands, Aoun told La Stampa that “Hezbollah has fought against Islamic State terrorists in Lebanon and abroad. But when the war against terrorism is finished, their fighters will come back to the country.”

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