Saudi king meets ex-Lebanon PM Hariri: Arabiya TV

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Saad Hariri announced he was stepping down on Saturday in a televised speech while visiting Saudi Arabia, and lashed out at Iran and the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah.

It was through a deal between enemies he struck with Iran-backed Hezbollah.

On November 5, Hizballah's chief, Hassan Nasrallah, said the resignation was not prompted by the political situation in Lebanon and accused Riyadh of forcing Hariri to resign.

Mr Hariri's father, former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, was assassinated in 2005. Nasrallah made this remarks during a closed meeting with hundreds of people from his terrorist organization and he was quoted on Lebanese television.

The UN works on multiple fronts in Lebanon to support a peaceful, stable and democratic future in the country.

Nasrallah heavily hinted that the message was dictated to Hariri by Saudi Arabia and that the words the Hariri used did not reflect the language of the Lebanese prime minister. "They felt he was not preventing their agenda and that he was influenced by Hezbollah and Iran".

"What happened was Saudi madness and we'll wait and see what happens over the next few days", Nasrallah told his associates. "Putting together a coalition that served Hezbollah's interest in governance legitimized it".

Though Saudi Arabia said it reserved the right to respond over the Yemeni missile, it is unlikely to take direct military action against Iran. Nasrallah said Lebanon's political leaders expected Hariri to return to Lebanon on Thursday "if he is allowed" to travel.

Walid Jumblatt, the leader of Lebanon's Druze minority, said Lebanon was too weak to bear the consequences of Hariri's resignation, saying he feared political and economic fallout. With Gaza politically neutralised for now, following Hamas' handover of power to the Palestinian Authority, Israel could very well see this as an optimal time to strike.

Saudi-owned newspaper Asharq al-Awsat cited unnamed sources close to Hariri as speculating that he would probably remain outside Lebanon because of the security threat against him.

Moreover, the UN has a longtime peacekeeping operation in Lebanon, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon "UNIFIL". But it is plausible that the Saudis are trying to create the context for a different means of contesting Iran in Lebanon: an "Israeli"-Hezbollah war".

Nasrallah questioned the credibility of Hariri's announcement of the resignation, which was issued in Saudi Arabia. It's a policy that risks sharpening several conflicts in the Middle East, even though so far it has failed to score any successes in stemming Tehran's influence. Hariri is Lebanon's most influential Sunni politician. When Saudi Arabia sealed Qatar's only land border, it looked toward Iran and Turkey to fill the gap.

In comments directed at Iran, he said the Arab world would "cut off the hands that wickedly extend to it".

Hazran said: "I'm not sure this will effect Israel". Iran's direct intervention and Russia's air campaign rescued Assad and turned the tide in his favor, recapturing large stretches of territory. Hezbollah's first priority is to achieve victory in Syria, to make sure the Ba'ath regime prevails there.



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