Hariri's resignation Lebanon's 'domestic issue': Iranian senior official

Tehran, Nov 14, IRNA - Supreme Leader's Advisor for International Affairs, Ali Akbar Velayati here on Tuesday called the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri as a 'domestic issue' of that Arab country.

Talking to reporters, Velayati denied Hariri's allegation over the so-called Iran's meddling in Lebanon internal affairs.

Touching upon his meeting with Hariri prior to latter's sudden resignation, he added that the Lebanese PM was keen on mediating between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

He added that the issue of Iran's so-called meddling in Lebanon domestic affairs was not discussed during the meeting, adding that such accusations are considered as Saudi Arabia and certain other bodies' 'instigtion' who are dissatisfied with the establishment of peace and tranquility in Lebanon and amendment of Tehran-Beirut cordial relations.

Valayati stressed that the issues of mutual interests and regional developments were discussed during his meeting with Harriri also attended by Iran's Ambassador to Beirut Mohammad Fathali.

'Hariri was keen on mediating between Saudi Arabia and Iran,' Velayati said, adding that,' I told him that we do not have any problems entering negotiations with Riyadh, but tell the Saudis you have been devastating Yemen in the past three years and are preventing food and medicine to reach the Yemeni people.'

'I told Hariri to ask Saudis to stop the genocide in Yemen, enter into negotiations with Yemenis because the Yemen issue only should be settled through the political means not 'blind' bombardment,' Velayati added.

'I told Hariri that Iran hails the unity of Lebanese domestic political parties. I said Lebanon is considered as the most secure Islamic country thanks to the Islamic resistance group and its wise people,' he added.

Calling Iran and Lebanon as 'brother' and 'united', Velayai said the two countries enjoy strategic relations, adding that the Hariri resignation is a domestic issue.

He added that only the Lebanese people should decide whether Hariri should stay in power or not.

On Nov 4, Hariri announced his resignation in a speech broadcast from Saudi Arabia, citing many reasons, including the security situation in Lebanon, for his sudden decision.

Hariri also accused Iran and the Lebanese Resistance Movement Hezbollah of meddling in Arab countries’ affairs; an allegation the two have repeatedly denied.

Translated by: Maryam Azish

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