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Hariri said the economic growth was around 9 percent at the end of 2010, while it is now below zero due to the absence of a state decision and the absence of a president.Hariri also confirmed remarks by Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk last week that Saudi Arabia had pushed him to meet with Syrian President Bashar Assad in 2010 .Hariri has blamed Syria for the 2005 assassination of his father, Rafik Hariri.Hariri acknowledged that many inside the Future Movement were not happy with some of his policies, in particular his endorsement of MP Sleiman Frangieh, a close Assad ally, for Lebanon's presidency.
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