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Lebanese PM decries Hezbollah's involvement in region's wars

Lebanese PM decries Hezbollah's involvement in region's wars

Lebanon's prime minister on Saturday accused Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah of "intervening in the internal affairs of the region's countries". "I have many enemies, including extremists and the Syrian regime".

In a tweet late Wednesday, Hariri said matters are moving "positively" and predicted that he may formally rescind his resignation next week.

Hariri, in an interview with French broadcaster CNews, said he would finalize his resignation if Hizbullah and Iran do not agree to re-balance Lebanon's political configuration. Hizbullah denies playing a military role in Yemen but has fighters in both Iraq and Syria. "We must not pay for the actions of Hezbollah".

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Mr Hariri this year has sought assurances from the USA that new sanctions against Hizbollah would not hurt the Lebanese economy as a whole. "I expect cooperation from all the sides in Lebanon to rebuild the country", Hariri said upon his return to Beirut after spending about a week and a half in Riyadh. "I will not accept that a Lebanese political party participates in manoeuvres that serve the interests of Iran", he added. On a visit to Italy, Lebanese President Michel Aoun, a Hezbollah ally, told the Italian newspaper La Stampa that Hezbollah's fighters would return to Lebanon once the fight against IS is over.

It is unclear what, if any, concessions Hezbollah would offer to ensure that Hariri remain in office, though Hezbollah officials have said they are keen on finding a political solution to the crisis. "That is where the problem comes from". On his way back to Lebanon, Hariri met with several leaders in order to discuss the matter with them.

Mr Hariri's election as prime minister late last year ended almost two years without a government and marked a detente between Mr Hariri's Future Movement and Hizbollah, whose rivalry has largely determined the course of Lebanese politics over the past decade.