Iranian President Hassan Rouhani sits during a meeting with Pakistan Army Chief General in Tehran on November 6, 2017.
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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani criticized Saudi Arabia Wednesday over what he called "unprecedented" interference in Lebanese affairs and added his voice to those who suspect the Gulf kingdom forced Lebanon's prime minister to resign.Rouhani's remarks followed a phone call to President Michel Aoun Tuesday, in which the Iranian president pledged Tehran's support for Lebanon's stability following the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri.The surprise resignation, announced on TV from Saudi Arabia Saturday, threw the Lebanese government into disarray and exposed a new front for the tensions between the Sunni powerhouse and its archrival Shiite-led Iran. Washington has said it had no indication beforehand that Hariri would resign and pledged to continue U.S. support for the Lebanese government.Aoun has had no contact with Hariri since the prime minister left for Saudi Arabia last Friday.
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