The Latest on developments regarding resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri
Lebanon’s President says he hopes the crisis over the surprise resignation of the country’s prime minister from Saudi Arabia is “over” now that Saad Hariri accepted an invite to go to France.
President Michel Aoun said Thursday he hoped the French invitation opens the door for a resolution to the crisis that plunged the country into turmoil.
Aoun said: “I wait for President (of the council of ministers) Hariri ‘s return to decide the next move regarding the government.” Aoun had refused to accept Hariri’s resignation and accused Riyadh of holding him against his will.
Hariri resigned from Saudi Arabia nearly two weeks ago, citing concerns over the meddling of Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah in regional affairs. Saudi Arabia is locked in a feud with Iran over regional influence. Both countries support different groups in Lebanon. Hariri’s resignation was seen as Riyadh’s attempt to challenge Iran’s influence in Lebanon.