Lebanon’s PM Hariri Puts Resignation on Hold Pending Talks

Saad Hariri said he is ready for a dialogue and cooperation with the president to resolve a number of disagreements.

Saad Hariri said after meeting with the president of Lebanon that “I presented today my resignation to President Aoun and he urged me to wait before offering it and to hold onto it for more dialogue about its reasons and political background, and I showed responsiveness.”

In early November, in a televised address from Saudi Arabia, Saad Hariri said that he was resigning as Prime Minister of Lebanon. Lebanese President Aoun said in response that he would not consider the resignation of the prime minister until a personal meeting.

The resignation took Saad Hariri’s aides by surprise.

Hariri’s resignation has led Lebanon to the forefront of the regional tensions between Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia and Shiite Islamist Iran.

​After Hariri’s statement, he did not return to Lebanon for several weeks; last weekend he met with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.

On Tuesday, Hariri visited Cairo, where he discussed the situation in Lebanon with the President of Egypt. After departing, the politician made a brief stop in Cyprus.