Lebanese PM hails maintaining ties with Iran

Tehran, Jan 12, IRNA – Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has welcomed having 'the best relationship' with Iran as well as Hezbollah resistance group's positive role.

“Our relationship with Iran—or with the [Persian] Gulf—has to be the best relationship, but one that serves the national interests of Lebanon,' Hariri said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Friday.

He also appreciated Hezbollah role in de-escalating tensions. “Hezbollah has been a member of this government. This is an inclusive government that has all the big political parties, and that brings political stability to the country.”

“My main goal is to preserve this political stability for the unity of the country,” the Journal quoted him saying. 'We cannot accept interference from anyone in Lebanese politics.'

Hariri announced his resignation from premiership on Nov 4, 2017 from Riyadh in an unexpected move, but the Lebanese President Michel Aoun didn’t accept his resignation and urged him to return to Lebanon to detail on it.

Most Lebanese, including the president, believed that Hariri and his family were in custody in Saudi Arabia and he had been coerced to resign.

With French President Emmanuel Macron and Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian’s mediation and international pressure, the Saudis let Hariri and his wife leave for Paris and return to Lebanon.

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