What Prompted Hariri to Resign after Meeting with Iranian Envoy?

Lebanese prime minister suggests he fears for his life, resigns

Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri resigned from office Saturday in a surprise announcement that plunged the country's fragile politics into uncertainty.

There is "no danger to the economy or pound", Khalil said.

Just Friday, Hariri met with a senior Iranian official who declared after the meeting, that Iran would respect the sovereignty of Lebanon and protect Lebanese security. Hariri cited threats on his life and Iran and its proxy Hezbollah's vast influence in Lebanon in his decision to resign.

The daily did not provide any further details on the alleged assassination attempt.

According to the source, with their inappropriate demands, Hariri and the Saudis expected Iran to leave alone the Yemenis to their fate "but after receiving Iran's negative response, the Saudis called back Hariri and urged him to resign".

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"The resignation was a Saudi decision dictated to prime minister Saad al-Hariri and forced on him", Nasrallah said in a televised broadcast, adding that there was no domestic reason for Hariri's decision.

"We are living in a climate similar to the atmosphere that prevailed before the assassination of martyr Rafik al-Hariri", his father, who was killed in a vehicle bomb incident in 2005 that many believe Hezbollah was involved in". Hariri allies in Lebanon have denied suggestions that he had been detained.

The Saudi-owned daily also said Hariri believed he was being used as a cover by Iran and Hezbollah to "lead the country towards great adventures where he will be a pawn to cover up their actions".

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah is set to address Hariri's resignation in a speech on Sunday, the Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Manar TV reported.

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