Lebanon’s Hariri: I announced resignation from Saudi to ‘create positive shock’

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Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced on Monday that he chose Saudi Arabia to announce his resignation back in 2017 out of his intention to be “more dramatic.”

The premier made his remarks while visiting a school as part of a television program. Despite the school setting, the discussions with the students did not veer away from politics.

Hariri revealed that he resigned in November in order to “create a positive shock” among the Lebanese people and parties.

The premier retracted his resignation a few weeks later.

He revealed that he will soon pay a visit to Saudi Arabia to attend a number of conferences, meet with various officials and participate in the Arab summit.

In addition, he stressed the need to support the Lebanese army and provide it with arms and equipment so that it could carry out its duties.

The issue of “Hezbollah’s” arms needs to addressed through dialogue and Lebanon would be better off with a military defending it, similar to countries throughout the world, he added.

This article was first published in Asharq al-Awsat.