President Michel Aoun arrives in Rome for the Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue Conference, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. (Baabda Palace HO)
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President Michel Aoun Wednesday sounded optimistic that the nearly 4-week-old political crisis triggered by Prime Minister Saad Hariri's resignation would finally be resolved within days, effectively setting the stage for the Cabinet to meet next week for the first time since Hariri's shock announcement from Riyadh on Nov. 4 .Addressing Hariri, Derian said: "We have understood the reasons for your resignation but we did not say that we supported the resignation.Hezbollah Wednesday signaled its readiness to help promote a political agreement to resolve the crisis sparked by Hariri's resignation by complying with the government's policy statement of dissociation.Asked whether the party was ready to comply with dissociation as demanded by Hariri to retract his resignation, the source recalled a statement by Hezbollah MP Mohammad Raad after meeting Aoun at Baabda Palace Monday in which he said that the party was keen on "a political solution to the crisis" and reiterated the party's commitment to the government's policy statement, which calls for distancing Lebanon from inter-Arab conflicts.AfterAoun, who arrived in Rome Wednesday on a three-day official visit to Italy, said he was confident Hariri would stay as Lebanon's prime minister, and sounded upbeat about a solution to the crisis.
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