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Saad Hariri: I will return to Lebanon within the coming few days

Saad Hariri said he will return “to complete the procedures for the resignation and the negotiation of a formula." (AP)

Lebanon's outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri, in an exclusive interview with Future TV, a Lebanese television channel aligned to his Future Party, said: “My focus is on the interest of Lebanon and my resignation is for its own sake.”

“My main task is to preserve Lebanon. What is happening is a regional threat to Lebanon. I spoke now because there is pressure surrounding the resignation.”

“I resigned and I will go to Lebanon and follow the constitutional means”, he said in the interview.” I take responsibility and I will return to Lebanon.”

“King Salman considers me his son. The Crown Prince has all the respect for me. The stability of Lebanon is an essential asset for King Salman and the Crown Prince”, he added.

“My resignation is a positive shock. The danger in Lebanon still exists from several sources”, the Lebanese leader said. 

Security arrangements 

Clarifying his position, Hariri said: “I will return to Beirut within days after making the necessary security arrangements,” in a reference to the threats to his life that he mentioned when he announced his resignation earlier last week.

“Settlement in Lebanon is based solely on self-exclusion,” he said. “I submitted my resignation so there would be an awakening. I will return to Lebanon very soon”, he reiterated.

“We must correct things and adhere to the policy of distancing ourselves.”

Saad Hariri said he will return “to complete the procedures for the resignation and the negotiation of a formula. I was silent in order to allow people to absorb and reflect on the resignation and its repercussions. I have been in my house since I arrived in Riyadh.”

“Stability in Lebanon is our supreme interest and my resignation is a positive shock that must be understood.”

“My relationship with the Saudi Crown Prince is excellent, solid and distinctive, and I consider him a brother and he considers me as a brother,” said Hariri.

During the course of the interview he said: “I tell President Aoun that I will return and negotiate Lebanon's interests.”

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Last Update: Monday, 13 November 2017 KSA 06:59 - GMT 03:59
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