Iran claims Lebanese PM's resignation was 'ordered' by Trump, Saudi Arabia

According to an advisor to Iran's Foreign Minister, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri's decision to resign was 'dictated' to him by US President Donald Trump and Saudi Prince Mohammad bin Salman.
Hariri, Trump Photo credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Iran said Saturday the surprise resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri was a move initiated by the US and Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, Lebanese media sources reported that a provisional government will be formed soon. Nevertheless, Hariri's decision is expected to shake the country's stability.

Hussein Sheikh al-Islam, an advisor to Iran's Foreign Minister, said Hariri's decision was "dictated" by US President Donald Trump and Saudi Prince Mohammad bin Salman. "This is an unwise act that is not a good sign for Lebanon," he said.

The Al Arabiya television news station reported that an assassination attempt on Hariri was foiled earlier this week.

While announcing his resignation, Hariri stated that he senses a conspiracy to assassinate him, adding that the current climate in Lebanon is similar to that which preceded the assassination of his father, former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Hariri slammed Iran's "grip" on the country and said Iran "and its affiliates" in the region, i.e. Hezbollah, will "not prevail."

"Hezbollah has been able in the past decades to impose a reality in Lebanon by force of arms directed at the chests of Syrians and Lebanese," he said.

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