Hariri: Relations with Saudi Arabia, Gulf in Continuous Improvement

Hariri: Relations with Saudi Arabia, Gulf in Continuous Improvement

Thursday, 7 December, 2017 - 06:15
Hariri meets a delegation of the economic bodies and businessmen from Tripoli and the North
Beirut - Asharq Al-Awsat
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has expressed satisfaction with the government’s latest decision, saying it stressed the commitment of all political parties represented in the cabinet to dissociate themselves from the internal affairs of Arab countries.

“Non-compliance will put Lebanon once again in the circle of danger,” Hariri warned Wednesday as he addressed a large delegation of economic bodies and businessmen from Tripoli and the North who came to visit him at the Center House in Beirut.

In his address, Hariri also tackled relations with Riyadh and other Gulf countries.

“Our relations with Saudi Arabia and Gulf states are very good and will improve continuously. The disassociation policy is the only path that will save the country. I am very proud that we reached it and issued a government decision in this respect, not just a statement,” the PM said.

“Everyone knows the difficult times we experienced in the last months, but the main objective was to focus on the stability of the country because without stability and security there won’t be prosperity or economy. I suspended my resignation at the request of the president but after the commitment to dissociation, in deeds and not in words, I withdrew my resignation,” he said.

Hariri stated that the cabinet is expected to hold a meeting in Tripoli to issue important decisions that concern northern Lebanon. “More importantly we worked on a $16 billion project to invest in the infrastructure. This project is being studied with all concerned parties before being presented to the cabinet and the parliament.”

“We and Hezbollah have differences on many issues. We had two choices: either to raise the level of tension in the country or admit that we are at odds with Hezbollah and start taking care of economic issues, the displaced, the services,” he added.

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