Iran, Saudi Arabia Warned to Leave Lebanon Alone
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French President Emmanuel Macron sits between Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri, left, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, right, during a meeting in Paris, Friday Dec. 8, 2017. It is the first major gathering of key nations to discuss Lebanon’s future since a crisis erupted following Hariri’s shock resignation last month while in Saudi Arabia. Hariri has since rescinded his resignation. (Philippe Wojazer, Pool via AP)
December 8, 2017
World leaders meet in Paris to tell countries in the Middle East to stay out of Lebanese affairs.
The International Lebanon Support Group or GIS, which includes Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, met Friday amid crisis in Lebanon.
Last month, Lebanon plunged into chaos when Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri resigned, citing fears of assassination by Hezbollah fighters backed by Iran.
Al-Hariri later rescinded his resignation.
The GIS announced its support of Lebanon’s policy of “disassociation,” warning regional power houses such as Saudi Arabia and Iran to stop influencing Lebanese politics.
Saudi Arabia and Iran are currently fighting a proxy war in nearby Yemen.
A Houthi Shiite fighter walks amid the rubble of the Republican Palace that was destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes, in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)