Prime Minister Saad Hariri speaks during a discussion held by the Carnegie Middle East Center conference at Beirut.
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Prime Minister Saad Hariri Wednesday put the onus on the international community for failing to take action on conflicts in the Middle East, adding that Hezbollah's weapons are a regional issue and not the sole responsibility of the Lebanese state. In a Q&A with Carnegie Middle East Center director Maha Yahya during a conference at the Phoenicia Hotel in Beirut, Hariri alternated stern political analysis with humor in what was a frank conversation on regional and local politics. Working toward the country's prosperity and stability, Hariri said, is in the interests of the international community, to whom Lebanon is doing a "public service".With regards to the relationship between GCC countries, Hariri said he was confident that in 2018, things would "clear-up".Hariri quipped in reply, prompting laughs from the audience.Hariri also commented on U.S. President Donald Trump's recent recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, defining the decision as "a present to the extremists in the world," who would now use the move to ignite the region further. Hariri also urged Arab countries to take on a leadership role in the peace negotiations.
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