US National Security Adviser Tells Hariri US Committed to Lebanon Stability

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US National Security Adviser Tells Hariri US Committed to Lebanon Stability

"Today, the issue of Palestine is the primary issue among the Muslim world, since it has been an Islamic country usurped and turned into a means of sabotaging the security of several countries in the region", he tweeted.

Hariri's resignation from the premiership on November 4 in a televised statement he read from the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh was refused by Lebanon's President Michel Aoun claiming it was forced on him and accused the Kingdom of putting Hariri under house arrest and this was "an act of aggression against Lebanon". Riyadh supports Syria's armed opposition while Iran and Hezbollah both support Syria's Bashar al-Assad regime. Gulf monarchies have accused the Shi'ite group of also supporting the Houthi group in Yemen and of backing militants in Bahrain.

Hariri's resignation pitched Lebanon to the forefront of a regional power tussle this month between Saudi Arabia and Iran, which backs Hezbollah. The step, made at the request of Lebanese President Michel Aoun, is aimed at "keeping Lebanon neutral" and out of regional conflicts, he explained, claiming that he now needs time to look into what is to be done to enforce the peaceful course and avoid further tensions triggered by his earlier surprise announcement.

Meanwhile, a Hezbollah official said on Saturday that the Shiite group was ready for negotiations and cooperation with its "partners in the country", NNA reported.

Hariri also emphasized that Lebanon's future depends on that stand, which Hariri described as "dissociation policy". The regional role played by the Hezbollah political and military movement has greatly alarmed Saudi Arabia, Hariri's long-time ally.

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