Iran 'hopes Hariri will re­main Le­banon's PM'

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LON­DON: An Ira­nian of­fi­cial said on Tues­day Tehran hoped Saad al-Hariri would re­main as Le­banon’s prime min­is­ter and de­nied Hariri had re­signed af­ter a tense meet­ing with him in Beirut.

Hariri re­signed abruptly on Nov. 4 while in Saudi Ara­bia, say­ing he be­lieved there was an as­sas­si­na­tion plot against him and ac­cus­ing Iran and its Le­banese ally Hezbol­lah of sow­ing strife in the Arab world.

Hariri had flown to Riyadh on Nov. 3 af­ter a meet­ing in Beirut with Ali Ak­bar Ve­lay­ati, the top ad­viser to Ira­nian Supreme Leader Ay­a­tol­lah Ali Khamenei. “Hariri claims that in our meet­ing he asked Iran to stop in­ter­fer­ing in the Le­banese af­fairs, but he did not say such a thing,” Ve­lay­ati was quoted as say­ing by Ira­nian state tele­vi­sion’s web­site. “Our meet­ing was not tense or vi­o­lent at all. Th­ese are all lies,” he said.

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