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Lebanon PM Hariri revokes resignation as all parties agree on deal

Lebanon PM Hariri revokes resignation as all parties agree on deal

"The Lebanese government, in all its political components, has committed to distance itself from all conflicts, wars, and internal affairs of Arab states", according to the cabinet statement read out by Hariri.

Reaffirming that policy of neutrality - first issued in 2012 - had been a priority for Hariri, whose perplexing statement of resignation last month specifically criticized Hezbollah for interfering in neighboring nations' affairs.

As for the necessary guarantees to implement the new statement, the sources said: "The President of the Republic is the main guarantor, and those who announced their consent shall commit to the settlement and respect his speech at the political and practical levels".

Hariri, who heads a coalition government that includes ministers from the Hezbollah, said all members of the government had agreed to stay out of conflicts in Arab countries.

Lebanese officials say Saudi Arabia coerced Hariri, a long-time ally of Saudi Arabia, into resigning and held him there against his will until an intervention by France led to his return to Lebanon last week, however, Saudi Arabia denies the charge. Saudi Arabia has accused the powerful armed group of fermenting conflict in the region. This rivalry has sometimes pitted Hariri against President Michel Aoun.

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The conflict in Syria has also deepened existing tensions, with Hariri's bloc backing the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad while Hezbollah's fighters battled alongside the regime's troops.

Lebanon, where Sunni, Shi'ite, Christian and Druze groups fought a civil war from 1975-1990, has a governing system created to share power among sectarian groups.

It was only after he finally returned that, in another dramatic twist, Hariri provisionally suspended his resignation on condition that Lebanon more closely examine the considerable role played by Hezbollah - and, in turn, the group's Iranian backers. His father, a former prime minister, was assassinated in 2005. "Perhaps the conflict is nearing the end, and Lebanon can not be plunged into chaos on the finish line", he said in the cabinet meeting, according to Reuters.

"We have to address this issue, and take a decision announcing our disassociation, in words and deeds". Western governments, including the United States, stressed their support for Hariri and Lebanon.

He indicated the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Lebanese in the Gulf could be at risk, as well as trade, vital to the stability of the Lebanese economy.