Le­banon PM says he will re­turn to seek set­tle­ment

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - PAGE TWO -

BEIRUT (AP) — In his first TV in­ter­view since he an­nounced his sur­prise res­ig­na­tion last week­end, Le­banese Prime Min­is­ter Saad Hariri said Sun­day he will re­turn to his coun­try from Saudi Ara­bia “within days” to seek a set­tle­ment with the mil­i­tant group Hezbol­lah, his ri­vals in his coali­tion gov­ern­ment.

Hariri, look­ing down­cast and tired, de­nied he was be­ing held against his will in the king­dom and said he was com­pelled to re­sign to save Le­banon from im­mi­nent dan­gers, which he didn’t spec­ify.

He held back tears at one point and re­peated sev­eral times that he re­signed to cre­ate a “pos­i­tive shock” and draw at­ten­tion to the dan­ger of sid­ing with Iran, Hezbol­lah’s main pa­tron, in re­gional con­flicts.

“We are in the eye of the storm,” Hariri said.

A po­lit­i­cal cri­sis has gripped Le­banon since Hariri read his tele­vised res­ig­na­tion from Saudi Ara­bia on Nov. 4 in which he ac­cused Iran of med­dling in his coun­try.

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