Hariri Slams Iran and Hezbollah for Interfering in Regional Affairs

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said on Monday that Hezbollah must stop interfering in the affairs of neighboring countries, and accept a “neutral” policy in order to bring stability to Lebanon.

At the beginning of the month Hariri abruptly announced his resignation in a televised address from Saudi Arabia, accusing Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah of sowing “sedition” in the region and “meddling” in Arab affairs.

“I would like the stability of Lebanon to be the first thing for everyone. For me, when the president asked me to suspend my resignation, I told him that we had to solve some problems, and we are doing some consultations, and I would like to stay,” Hariri stressed, adding that his sudden resignation was meant to create a “positive shock” in the region.

Regarding the circumstances of his resignation, Hariri said he went to Saudi Arabia to improve relations.

“When I saw that we had a very big problem with the Gulf, I had to create a positive shock. Regarding everything that happened there, there are many stories that have come out, but I am keeping it to myself,” the Lebanese Prime Minister stated.

“I don’t want a political party in my government that interferes in Arab countries against other Arab countries,” Hariri also noted, adding that he expects Hezbollah to implement “the neutrality we agreed upon in the government and the communique in parliament, where we said we will have good relations with all Arab countries.”