Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri at his residence in Beirut, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Despite key policy differences with Hezbollah, Prime Minister Saad Hariri said in an interview released Monday he had to reach "some kind of understanding" with the Iranian-backed party to maintain the country's stability and prevent it from plunging into sectarian fighting similar to what happened in Syria.Referring to Hezbollah's offensive that evicted militants from the outskirts of the northeastern town of Arsal last week, Hariri said the party is going to withdraw from the border area because the Lebanese Army will take over the battle against Daesh (ISIS) militants entrenched in a rugged mountainous terrain on the outskirts of the towns of Ras Baalbeck and Al-Qaa. Hariri returned to Beirut Sunday from a weeklong official visit to Washington where he held talks with U.S. President Donald Trump and other senior officials focusing on combating terrorism, the Syrian refugee crisis and military aid to the Army in its fight against terrorism. Hariri said Hezbollah is a regional issue that needs "a regional understanding" to solve it.While Hariri was in Washington, Hezbollah forged ahead with its assault to dislodge Jabhat Fatah al-Sham from Arsal's outskirts.
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