BEIRUT — The Latest on the political crisis in Lebanon (all times local):
Lebanon's prime minster says Saudi Arabia, his ally, wants Lebanon to stay clear of regional conflicts, and not to side with Iran.
Saad Hariri said in a live interview Sunday from Saudi Arabia that withdrawing his resignation is conditional on Lebanon's militant group Hezbollah committing to remaining neutral on regional conflicts. Hezbollah has sent thousands of fighters to Syria, Lebanon's neighbor, to support the forces of Syria's President Bashar Assad. The interview aired on Future TV, Hariri's own station, and was broadcast live from Saudi Arabia.
Hariri said the unity government he formed a year ago was supposed to stick to an agreement not to interfere in regional affairs. He said Hezbollah has not kept up its end of the deal. "We are in the eye of the storm," he said.
Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri says his resignation was his decision, dismissing reports he was forced to quit a unity government with his rival Hezbollah militant group.
Speaking Sunday in a live interview to his station Future TV, Hariri held back tears. He said his resignation was designed to "cause a positive shock" in the country, warning against Iranian interference that is, he said, ruining relations with other Arab countries.
Hariri said he "can't be the only one making concessions while the others do whatever they want."
Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri says he will return to his country "very soon" in his first televised interview since he resigned in Saudi Arabia last week.
Hariri is speaking Sunday in a live interview to his station Future TV, after pressure from Lebanese officials who said his resignation is not accepted because it was declared in Saudi Arabia. Lebanon's president said Hariri is being held against his will in Saudi Arabia.
"I am free," he told the TV interviewer. He said he decided to resign to save the country from imminent danger. He didn't elaborate. Hariri said he will return to Lebanon "very soon," ''in days."