Hariri to return to Lebanon in next two days

Cars pass next to a poster depicting Saad al-Hariri, who has resigned as Lebanon's prime minister, in Beirut
Cars pass next to a poster depicting Saad al-Hariri, who has resigned as Lebanon's prime minister, in Beirut, Lebanon,, Lebanon, November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

November 14, 2017

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Saad al-Hariri will return to Lebanon from Saudi Arabia within two days, he said on Tuesday, 10 days after his shock resignation as prime minister in a broadcast from Riyadh.

His abrupt resignation on Nov. 4 sent Lebanon spinning into political crisis and back onto the front line of the Middle East power struggle between Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia and Shi’ite Iran.

Iran’s ally Hezbollah holds major sway in Lebanese politics.

It has long been a foe of Hariri but is part of the coalition government he formed last year and called for his return.

In his resignation he made bitter attacks on both Iran and Hezbollah, and top Lebanese officials and politicians close to Hariri have said Saudi Arabia coerced him to resign, dictated his statement and have held him under house arrest.

Riyadh and Hariri have both denied that. Hariri is a political ally of Riyadh and holds Saudi nationality. He cited a fear of assassination and Hezbollah’s “sowing strife” in the Arab world as his reasons for stepping down.

Riyadh and Hariri both oppose Hezbollah’s military role in Syria, fighting alongside President Bashar al-Assad, and what they allege is its participation in Yemen’s civil war alongside the Houthi group against a Saudi-led coalition.

Hezbollah denies having a role in the Yemen conflict.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun has said he will not accept Hariri’s resignation until he returns to Beirut to formally submit it. Analysts say when Hariri does so, members of parliament will nominate him to serve as prime minister once again, and Aoun will ask him to form a new government.

That would open the door to a long period of political talks like those which preceded the formation of the national unity government that made Hariri prime minister a year ago.

Hariri is expected to call on Aoun to convene political dialogue on key issues facing Lebanon, chiefly on reaffirming the tiny country’s policy of staying out of regional conflicts and Hezbollah’s role in conflicts outside Lebanon’s borders, senior political sources say.

Any attempt to keep Hezbollah out of the government, in line with Saudi wishes, will torpedo the talks, political sources say. Riyadh regards Hezbollah as a terrorist group.

WARNINGS

Hariri warned on Sunday in his first interview since resigning of possible Gulf Arab sanctions against Lebanon and of the risk to the livelihoods of the 300,000-400,000 Lebanese in the Gulf.

Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said in Paris on Tuesday that any punitive sanctions by Saudi Arabia on Lebanon would impact the region and Syrian refugees in the country.

Bassil is a member of President Aoun’s political party. He said Hariri needed to return to Lebanon to prove he was free.

After Hariri’s resignation, Saudi Arabia accused the Lebanese government of declaring war on it because of Hezbollah’s pivotal role in Lebanese politics.

However, Riyadh’s Western allies have struck a tone different from that of Saudi Arabia, appearing to throw their weight behind both Hariri and the Lebanese state, whose army is a major recipient of U.S. aid.

The European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini said on Tuesday after a meeting with Bassil that she expected Hariri and his family to return to Lebanon in the coming days.

On Twitter, Hariri said he was well but that his family was staying in Saudi Arabia.

Sources across Lebanon’s political divide have said Hariri struck a more compromising tone in his interview than in his resignation statement, at one point holding out the possibility of rescinding his decision to quit.

They say this represents a retreat by Saudi Arabia, attributing it to Western pressure.

The Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rai, head of Lebanon’s biggest Christian community, met Hariri and Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed in Riyadh on Tuesday.

Saudi al-Arabiya television quoted him as saying he supported the reasons for Hariri’s resignation. His comments reflect the views of some politicians in Lebanon’s divided Maronite community but not President Aoun.

Echoing Saudi demands, MPs from Hariri’s Future Movement called for a U.N. resolution from 2006 that demanded all militias in Lebanon disarm to be respected.

Hezbollah is the only Lebanese group with a militia, and says it needs weapons to secure Lebanon from Israel.

Hezbollah’s Lebanese opponents have long demanded it disarm.

Lebanese politicians have previously held talks on Hezbollah’s arsenal as part of a dialogue on a national defense strategy, but have never seriously discussed disarming it.

(Reporting by Sarah Dadouch, Laila Bassam, Ellen Francis and Tom Perry in Beirut and John Irish in Paris; Writing by Angus McDowall; Editing by Tom Perry and Janet Lawrence)

  • Tony

    Islam teaches violence against women and non-Muslims from the Qur’an. We should make ISLAM AGAINST THE LAW because the Qur’an legalizes hatred, discrimination, terrorism, and violence against women and non-Muslims. From the time a Muslim is born, a Muslim is taught hatred, deceit, terrorism, violence, and victimhood from the Qur’an. Allah and his Apostle created Islam’s ideology and doctrine 1400 years ago for this purpose. In Sahih Muslim (B1,N31), Allah’s Apostle said: “I have been commanded to fight against people till they testify to the fact that there is no god but Allah, and believe in me (that) I am the Messenger and in all that I have brought. And when they do it, their blood and riches are guaranteed protection…” Either you become a Muslim or you will be killed or not protected from Islam’s violence. Allah demands jihad and terror from ALL MUSLIMS.

    – Allah commands jihad by both peaceful Muslims(zakat, using their money) and violent Muslims(ISIS, using their lives) against all non-Muslims. Qur’an 49:15 “Surely the believers are only those who believed in Allah and his messenger. They do not doubt, and they performed jihad with their money and their lives for the sake of Allah. Those are the truthful.” Every Muslim man, woman, and child is commanded to perform jihad.

    – Allah favors believers who perform jihad above other believers. Qur’an 4:95 “Those believers who stay other than those who are substantially injured are not equal to those who perform jihad for the sake of Allah with their money and their lives…“

    – Allah is merciful to those who emigrate and perform jihad. Qur’an 8:74 “And those who believed and emigrated and performed jihad for the sake of Allah, and those who gave asylum and helped, those are the true believers; they will receive forgiveness and generous provisions.” Qur’an 9:41 “March forth lightly or heavily, and perform jihad with your money and your lives for the sake of Allah. This is best for you, if you were knowing.” Jihad is warfare to establish Islam and its Shariah. See Reliance of the Traveller, o9.0 Jihad. Shariah makes jihad legal under the law.

    – Allah demands jihad even if a believer does not want to perform jihad. Qur’an 2:216 “War is decreed to you, and it is hated by you. And perhaps you may hate something, and it is good for you; and perhaps you love something, and it is evil for you. And Allah knows, and you do not know.” Allah commands all Muslims to perform jihad, but not all Muslims do jihad.

    – Allah gives prosperity to the believers who perform jihad. Qur’an 9:88 “But the messenger and those who believed with him performed jihad with their money and their lives. And those have the good things, and those are the prosperous.” Islam teaches rape, terrorism, lying…

    – Believers who do not go to war for Allah are hypocrites. Qur’an 3:167 “And that he might know the hypocrites, and it was said to them, ‘Come, engage in war for the sake of Allah, or contribute.’ They said, ‘if we knew how to engage in war, we would have followed you.’ They are closer on that day to infidelity than to faith…” Peaceful and moderate Muslims are hypocrites because they do not perform Islam’s jihad with their money and their life as required by Allah. Jihad is against ALL non-Muslims. Islam promotes violence, deceit…

    – Allah orders believers to kill infidels and hypocrites. Qur’an 9:73 “O you prophet, perform jihad against the infidels and the hypocrites, and be harsh with them. And their abode will be hell, and evil is the final place.” Qur’an 9:123 “O you who have believed, engage in war against the infidels who are near you…” Allah commands all men, women, and children to perform jihad. The Muslim Brotherhood says that jihad is the way.

    – Allah expects all believers to war against all non-Muslims or face a violent torment. Qur’an 8:39 says, “And engage in war with them until there will not be sedition and the religion will be completely to Allah.” Qur’an 48:16 says, “Say to those Bedouins who lagged behind [in battle], ‘You will be called to [face] a people of substantial mighty valor. You will engage in war against them, or they will become Muslims. So if you obey, Allah will give you a good wage; and if you turn away, as you turned away before, he will torment you with a painful torment.’”

  • Tony

    Muslims learn to lie and deceive from the Qur’an. Allah promotes lying and deceit to Islam’s Muslims from the Qur’an.

    – Allah, the best deceiver, is the actual source of Muslim deception. Qur’an 3:54 says, “And they deceived, and Allah deceived. And Allah is the best deceiver.” Qur’an 8:30 says, “…And Allah is the best deceiver.” Qur’an 13:42 says, “… to Allah all the deception…” If Allah is supremely deceitful to non-Muslims, believers can also be deceitful. Allah is morally corrupt. Also, Islam’s Shariah is a seditious legal system opposed to the Constitution.

    – Allah permits believers(Muslims) to lie in an oath. Qur’an 2:225 says, “Allah will not hold you responsible for your mere utterance in an oath, but he will hold you responsible for that which your hearts gained. And Allah is forgiving, forbearing.” Qur’an 5:89 says, “Allah will not hold you responsible for the mere utterance in your oath, but he will hold your responsible in regard to an oath taken seriously…” Muslims are permitted to lie and deceive. Truthfulness is not encouraged. See also Qur’an 66:2.

    – Allah permits believers to lie when compelled. Qur’an 16:106 says, “Whoever becomes an infidel in Allah after he believed, except one who was compelled and his heart is secure in faith; but whoever opens his chest to the infidelity, so on them wrath from Allah, and they will have great torment.” See also Qur’an 40:28; 9:3; 66:2; 8:30.

    – Allah permits believers to lie to Christians, Jews et al. Qur’an 3:28 says, “Believers do not take the infidels for friends, rather than the believers, and whoever does this so he has nothing to do with Allah, except that you should guard yourself from them, cautiously…” Qur’an 5:51 says, “O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Nasara(Christians) as friends. They are friends of one another. And whoever takes them as friends, so surely he is of them. Surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.”“Hiding faith” to deceive is acceptable(40:28).

    – Allah commands believers to kill Jews and Christians until they convert to Islam or until they pay the extortion penalty(jizya) to stay alive. Qur’an 9:29-30 says, “Engage in war with those who do not believe in Allah nor in the last day. Nor forbid what Allah and his messenger forbid, nor believe in the religion of the truth among those who have given the book until they pay the jizya out of hand and they are subdued. And the Jews said, ‘Uzair is the son of Allah.’ And the Nasara(Christians) said, ‘The Christ is the son of Allah. ‘ This is their saying with their mouths; they repeat the sayings of those who became infidels before. Allah engages in war with them. How perverted they are!” Allah allows lying to family, friends, and enemies. Everyone!

  • Tony

    ALL Muslims are terrorists for Allah. Allah and his angels instruct ALL MUSLIMS from the Qur’an to be terrorists because Allah’s Apostle was a terrorist. Islam must be banned as unlawful because it is the political system of violence and slavery. Please educate your family and friends.

    – Islam is the political system and the ideology of terror. Qur’an 8:39 says, “And engage in war with them until there will not be sedition and the religion will be completely to Allah…”

    – Allah is a terrorist. Qur’an 8:12 “When your lord revealed to the angels: ‘I am with you so make firm those who believed. I will cast a terror into the hearts of those who became infidels. So strike above their necks(decapitation), and strike off(chop off) every finger from them.’” Qur’an 3:151 “We will cast terror into the hearts of those who became infidels because they partner[other gods] with Allah which he did not send down with any sultan. And their abode is the fire, and evil is the place of the unjust.” “Believer” means a Muslim. Hypocrites are Muslims not practicing Islam.

    – Muslims are to be Allah’s terrorists. Qur’an 8:60 “And prepare for them whatever power you can and of the tying of horses. Strike terror into the enemy of Allah and your enemy and others, without them you do not know them; Allah knows them. And what you spend from anything for the sake of Allah, it will be repaid to you, and you will not be dealt with unjustly.“ Non-Muslims are Allah’s enemies; you cannot make peace with Allah.

    – Muslims are a greater terror than Allah. Qur’an 59:13 “You[Muslims] are a greater terror in their chests than Allah. This is because they[Jews & Christians] are people who do not understand.” Sahih Bukhari (V6,B60,N80) “Narrated Abu Haraira: The Verse:—‘You(true Muslims) are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind.’ means, the best of peoples for the people, as you bring them with chains on their necks till they embrace Islam.” Infidels are the non-Muslims.

    – Allah’s Apostle brags about terrorizing, enslaving, killing, and stealing Jewish and Christian money, land, and lives. Qur’an 33:26-27 “And he brought down the People of the Book who backed them from their strong places and cast the terror into their hearts. A group of them you are killing, and a group of them you are taking captive. And he made you to inherit their land and their homes and their money and a land which you had never set foot on. And Allah was mighty over all things.” If you want peace, Islam must be banned(see Qur’an 47:35). People of the Book are Jews and Christians.

    – Allah commands believers to kill Jews and Christians until they convert to Islam or until they pay the extortion penalty(jizya) to stay alive. Qur’an 9:29-30 says, “Engage in war with those who do not believe in Allah nor in the last day. Nor forbid what Allah and his messenger forbid, nor believe in the religion of the truth among those who have given the book until they pay the jizya out of hand and they are subdued. And the Jews said, ‘Uzair is the son of Allah.’ And the Nasara(Christians) said, ‘The Christ is the son of Allah. ‘ This is their saying with their mouths; they repeat the sayings of those who became infidels before. Allah engages in war with them. How perverted they are!”

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  • landy fincannon

    One day we’ll wake up and the whole middle East will be ablaze.

  • Bill Jr

    Saad al-Hariri will return to Lebanon from Saudi Arabia After Prince Gives him his Jet For Some ‘Around The World’ Treatment By The Stewardesses. It’s Being Billed As Therapeutic Stress Relief!