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European Union backs Lebanon leader, appeals for unity

November 13, 2017 - 9:09 AM

BRUSSELS - The European Union is voicing support for Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri amid concerns over his resignation from Saudi Arabia under unusual circumstances.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Monday that "it is important at this stage to ensure that all political parties in Lebanon maintain the focus on working together."

Mogherini said after hosting talks for EU foreign ministers: "We expect no external interference" in Lebanon's affairs.

She added: "It is essential to avoid importing into Lebanon regional conflicts, regional dynamics, regional tensions, that have to stay out of the country."

Mogherini declined to say if she thinks there was external interference in Lebanon.

In his first TV interview since he resigned Nov. 4, Hariri said he was compelled to resign to save Lebanon from unspecified imminent dangers.

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