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Saudi-Iran proxy conflict to the fore as Lebanese PM quits

The resignation raises the prospect of a renewed political confrontation between Iran and Saudi Arabia in Lebanon

Vivian Nereim Donna Abu-Nasr & Dana Khraiche | Bloomberg 

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri unexpectedly resigned on Saturday in a televised speech from Saudi Arabia, saying he feared for his life and accusing Iran and its proxies of destabilising his country and the region. Hariri, a pro-Saudi Sunni politician, said Lebanon has suffered enough because of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah and its grip on politics. “I want to say to Iran and its followers that they are losing in their interference in the affairs of Arab nations, and our nation will rise as it did before — and the hands that are extended to it with evil will be ...

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First Published: Sun, November 05 2017. 02:27 IST