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Lebanon’s Hariri Says Syrian Government Wants Him Killed

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Lebanon's Hariri Says Syrian Government Wants Him Killed

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri. Reuters

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has accused the Syrian government of wanting him killed, in an interview published Thursday in French magazine Paris Match, according to France24.

“Hariri assessed that the regime’s military successes against rebels in the Syrian conflict were victories for presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Iran’s Hassan Rouhani rather than their allied Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad.

“I have a lot of enemies, extremists and the Syrian regime. The latter has issued a death sentence against me. They accuse me of interference in their country,” said Hariri, who was interviewed at his Beirut residence.

Hariri, who has made the same accusation in the past, says the regime in Syria was behind the 2005 assassination of his father, former premier Rafiq Hariri, in a car bombing on the Beirut seafront, a charge denied by Damascus,” France24 reported in the  issue.

On November 4, Hariri announced his resignation from Riyadh. However, he suspended this decision on November 22 following an alleged  request by the country’s president Michel Aoun to reconsider the decision.

Hariri is a compromise figure in the politics, mainly backed by Saudi Arabia and the United States. Over the montyh, Hariri has repeatedly criticized Hezbollah for the escalating tensions in the country and in the region, in general.

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