Lebanon's Hariri Officially Revokes Resignation Announced in Saudi Arabia

Hariri shocked the nation with his bizarre resignation in a televised broadcast from Saudi Arabia last month

Nov. 23, 2017 file photo, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Beirut, Lebanon
Hussein Malla/AP

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has formally rescinded his resignation following a consensus deal reached with rival political parties.

The announcement came at the end of the first cabinet meeting to be held since Lebanon was thrown into a political crisis following Hariri's stunning November 4 move.

Hariri shocked the nation with his bizarre resignation in a televised broadcast from Saudi Arabia last month, citing Hezbollah's meddling in in regional affairs as a main reason for stepping down.

Tuesday's Cabinet meeting, attended by Hariri, endorsed a statement that calls on rival Lebanese groups to distance themselves from regional conflicts and the internal affairs of Arab countries.

Hariri heads a coalition government that includes ministers from the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group.