Tehran Wants Hariri to Re­main Le­banon’s PM

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TEHRAN – Iran said that it hoped Saad al-Hariri would re­main as Le­banon’s prime min­is­ter and de­nied that he had re­signed af­ter a tense meet­ing with an ad­viser to the Ira­nian supreme leader in Beirut.

Hariri re­signed abruptly on Novem­ber 4 while in Saudi Ara­bia. He had flown to Riyadh the pre­vi­ous day fol­low­ing a meet­ing in Beirut with Ali Ak­bar Ve­lay­ati, the top ad­viser to Ira­nian Supreme Leader Ay­a­tol­lah Ali Khamenei.

Ve­lay­ati, dis­missed as false claims made by Le­banon’s re­signed Prime Min­is­ter Saad al-Hariri about their re­cent meet­ing in the Arab coun­try.

Speak­ing to re­porters in Tehran on Tues­day, Ve­lay­ati pointed to his meet­ing with Hariri in Beirut one day be­fore his shock res­ig­na­tion and said de­spite Hariri’s claims, the talks were not “tough, vi­o­lent or in­volv­ing threats”.

“Mr. Hariri said that dur­ing the meet­ing he had with me, he called on (Iran) not to in­ter­fere in the in­ter­nal af­fairs of Le­banon,” Ve­lay­ati said, adding that Hariri did not make such remarks at all.

It be­came clear that his remarks have been made un­der the in­flu­ence of Saudis, who are not will­ing to see Le­banon in peace, hav­ing friendly re­la­tions with Iran, the top of­fi­cial said. Ve­lay­ati also said that in the meet­ing, Hariri tried to play the role of a me­di­a­tor be­tween Tehran and Riyadh. He ex­pressed the hope that Hariri would re­turn to his post soon. Ve­lay­ati stated that Hariri had asked to me­di­ate be­tween Iran and Saudi Ara­bia, adding “I told him that we have no prob­lem with ne­go­ti­a­tions, but I asked him to tell Saudis that they have been de­stroy­ing Ye­men for three years and do not al­low the de­liv­ery of food and medicine to the war-af­fected peo­ple.”

He went on to add, “I asked Mr. Hariri to tell Saudis to stop com­mit­ting crimes against hu­man­ity in Ye­men, be­cause this has noth­ing to do with pol­i­tics. They have to hold di­alogs with the Ye­me­nis, be­cause this is­sue can only be set­tled through a po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion not blind airstrikes.”

“I also told Mr. Hariri that we wel­come the unity among var­i­ous po­lit­i­cal par­ties in Le­banon, and the coun­try’s se­cu­rity owes a lot to Is­lamic re­sis­tance and the well-in­formed Le­banese peo­ple,” Ve­lay­ati added.

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