(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri indicated on Wednesday that he might withdraw his resignation next week, saying matters were “positive” and he would rescind his decision if they remained so, a statement from his press office said.
Hariri announced his resignation in a televised statement while he was in Saudi Arabia on Nov. 4.
Lebanese officials say Saudi Arabia coerced Hariri into resigning and held him there against his will until an intervention by France led to his return to Lebanon last week.
Hariri agreed to shelve the decision after meeting Aoun last week, saying this was to allow for dialogue.
“Matters are positive, as you hear, and if this positivity continues we will announce, God willing, to Lebanese next week with President Michel Aoun and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri the withdrawal of the resignation,” Hariri said on Wednesday.
He was speaking during a celebration to mark the Prophet Mohammad’s birthday.
Earlier on Wednesday, Aoun was quoted as saying that Hariri would “certainly” remain prime minister and Lebanon’s political crisis will be resolved in a few days.
“We have just finished talks with all the political forces, within and outside government. There is a broad agreement,” the newspaper La Stampa quoted him as saying during a visit to Italy.
Aoun did not accept Hariri’s televised resignation, accusing Saudi Arabia of holding Hariri in Riyadh and forcing him to step down.
Hariri eventually returned to Beirut on Nov. 22 and postponed his resignation.
Asked about that demand, Aoun said: “Hezbollah has fought against ISIS terrorists in Lebanon and abroad. But when the war against terrorism is finished, their fighters will come back to the country,” La Stampa reported.