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Lebanese PM's resignation: UN chief calls for stability in the country


United Nations, Nov 6: Expressing concern over the resignation of Lebanese premier Saad Hariri, United Nations chief Antonio Guterres today called for security and stability in the country.

Hariri, a protege of Riyadh, yesterday announced his surprise resignation in a broadcast from the Saudi capital.

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres

He cited the "grip" of Iran -- an ally of Shiite group Hezbollah -- on the country, and also said he feared for his life.

"The secretary-general is concerned by news of the offer of resignation of Lebanon prime minister Saad Hariri," Guterres spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.

"He hopes all sides will focus their efforts on supporting the continuity of Lebanon's State institutions, in adherence with the constitution and safeguarding the country's security and stability. The United Nations remains committed to supporting the security, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Lebanon," he added.

Iran has denied interfering in Lebanese internal affairs. Hezbollah is the only organization in Lebanon to have retained its weapons after the end of the 1975-1990 civil war.

Hariri, who was chosen as the Lebanese Prime Minister in December 2016 said in his resignation letter that the current atmosphere in Lebanon is similar to the situation was prevailed before the assassination of his father Rafic Hariri in 2004.


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