Mr. Hariri said President Michel Aoun had asked him to “put it on hold ahead of further consultations”.
Hariri said he had accepted President Michel Aoun’s wish for him to suspend his resignation to allow for more consultations on the reasons behind his resignation.
“Today I presented my resignation to his Excellency the president, and he asked me to temporarily suspend submitting it and to put it on hold ahead of further consultations on the reasons for it,” Mr. Hariri said after Wednesday’s meeting at the Baabda presidential palace.
Hariri announced he was standing down on November 4 while in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, saying he feared his life was in danger; However, Hariri returned to Beirut late Tuesday and attended an Independence Day military parade in Beirut alongside the President Michel Aoun and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri before meeting with Aoun at the presidential palace.
Following the meeting, Hariri yet again, shocked the country by announcing that he was putting his resignation on hold.
“The cooperation with President Aoun is total,” Hariri announced and thanked Head of Parliament Berri for his commitment to respect the Constitution.
Hariri also stressed: “I reiterate my call to adopt a policy of distancing ourselves from all wars, all regional conflicts and towards all that harms the internal stability and the relations with our Arab brothers”.
“I look forward to a genuine partnership of all political forces, because we must all put Lebanon’s interests first, keep the country together and help to rebuild the state.” Hariri concluded.
Mr. Hariri thanked all the Lebanese “who understood the importance of preserving the stability and security of Lebanon;” and added, “I will never forget this moment, in the presence of my family and true companions.”
After his rousing speech, Hariri, who seemed very moved, ventured into the crowd to shake people’s hands. “We will stay together and we will continue together, so we can be the defensive line for Lebanon, its stability and its Arab identity,” he said.
Hariri later on tweeted: “Our beloved nation requires at this precise moment in its life exceptional effort from everyone, in order to protect it as it faces danger and challenges. These efforts start with an adherence to a policy of neutrality with regards to everything that hurts internal stability and our brotherly relations with the Arabs.”