Lebanese PM Saad Hariri's resignation on hold on the request of President Michel Aoun

Updated: Nov 23, 2017, 10:35 IST | Agencies | Beirut

He took the decision at the request of President Michel Aoun, pending talks on political situation

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri said on Wednesday he had agreed to suspend his surprise decision to resign, at the request of President Michel Aoun, pending talks on the political situation. The new decision came hours after the premier landed back in Lebanon for the first time since announcing his resignation in a statement from Saudi Arabia on November 4.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri greets his supporters upon his arrival at his home in Beirut on Wednesday. PIC/AFP
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri greets his supporters upon his arrival at his home in Beirut on Wednesday. Pic/AFP

"I discussed my resignation with the president of the republic who asked me to wait before submitting it... and allow for more consultations," Hariri said. "I agreed to this request." Lebanon has been gripped by the political crisis precipitated by Hariri's resignation, including the question of whether the premier was being detained in Saudi Arabia, where he remained for two weeks after stepping down.

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