On December 5, Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri withdrew his resignation. He had resigned on November 4 while on a trip to Saudi Arabia. Hariri had said that there might be a plot to kill him. He blamed the nation Iran for meddling in Lebanon’s politics. This had surprised many in Lebanon. The president of Lebanon refused to accept Hariri’s resignation while he was still out of the country. Some said Hariri was forced to resign by Saudi Arabia. Both Iran and Saudi Arabia said they had nothing to do with the matter.
Hariri returned back to Lebanon about two weeks back. One of Lebanon’s policies has been to stay out of conflicts in near-by countries. After Hariri’s return, he wanted all his government members to reaffirm this commitment, which they did.
There have been conflicts going on in nations near Lebanon. A civil war has been raging in the neighboring nation Syria for almost 7 years now. There has been a war going on in Yemen that has devastated the country. Saudi Arabia and Iran don’t get along. There has been a rift going on between Qatar and some of its neighboring countries. For many years now, there has been a conflict between the Israeli and Palestinian people.
Hariri became the prime minister in 2016. His father was also the prime minister of Lebanon and was killed in an attack in 2005.
Lebanon is a country with lakes, rivers, mountains, beaches, and cedar trees – the tree also appears on its flag. Some cities in Lebanon are considered to be amongst the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world: Byblos, Sidon, and Beirut, the country’s capital. People have been living in these cities for over 5,000 years.
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Image Credits: http://www.pcm.gov.lb for Hariri’s image, http://www.pcm.gov.lb for the government meeting’s image
Sources: https://www.npr.org, https://www.reuters.com, Al Jazeera, http://www.pcm.gov.lb, http://www.lebanonembassyus.org,
Newsy, CIA World Factbook, TRT World