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Hariri urges Lebanese to put country first

BEIRUT: Prime Minister Sa’ad Hariri said on Thursday that the political crisis in Lebanon this month was “a wake up call” for Lebanese with different loyalties to put their country ahead of regional issues.

Hariri was referring to the crisis ignited by his decision to resign earlier this month. He announced the shock resignation from Saudi Arabia, a regional powerhouse, which is locked in a tussle with Iran.

After returning to Lebanon this week, he shelved the decision on Wednesday at the request of President Michel Aoun.

“The period that passed was perhaps like a wake up call for all of us to look for Lebanon’s interests rather than looking at problems around us,” Hariri said at the Annual Arab Banking Conference in Beirut on Thursday. “The problems around us are important, but Lebanon is more important.”

Hariri also reaffirmed the need for Lebanon to stick by its policy of staying out of regional conflict — “not just with words but with action as well”. His comments refer to the Iran-backed Hezbollah political and military movement, whose regional military role has greatly alarmed Saudi Arabia, Hariri’s long-time ally. On Thursday, Iran’s the commander of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards Mohammad Ali Jafari said that disarming Lebanon’s Hezbollah was non-negotiable, according to state TV.


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“Hezbollah must be armed to fight against the enemy of the Lebanese nation which is Israel. Naturally they should have the best weapons to protect Lebanon’s security. This issue is non-negotiable,” the television quoted Jafari as saying.

In Beirut, Hariri said, “I want to stress that … our main concern is stability, and this is what we’ll be working on,” he said.

Hariri said on Wednesday his decision to postpone resigning would lead to “a responsible dialogue … that deals with divisive issues and their repercussions on Lebanon’s relations with Arab brothers.” Top Lebanese officials have said Riyadh forced him to quit and held him in the kingdom. Riyadh and Hariri deny this.

Hariri returned to Lebanon after an intervention by France.

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards will play an active role in establishing a lasting “ceasefire” in crisis-hit Syria, its chief commander Mohammad Ali Jafari said, adding that disarming Lebanon’s Hezbollah was non-negotiable, state TV reported on Thursday.

“Hezbollah must be armed to fight against the enemy of the Lebanese nation which is Israel. Naturally they should have the best weapons to protect Lebanon’s security. This issue is non-negotiable,” the television quoted Jafari as saying.