teheran - Iran hopes that Saad Hariri will remain as prime minister in Lebanon. Ali Akbar Velayati, the chief adviser to Iran's spiritual leader Ali Khamenei, told the Iranian state television this Tuesday. Velayati denies that before Harari retired he had a tense interview with him in Beirut.
'Hariri claims he has asked in our interview that Iran ceases to blend in Lebanese affairs, but he has not said anything about that. Our conversation was not tense or fierce at all. These are all lies, 'Velayati said, according to the state television website. He accused Saudi Arabia of raising tensions because it can not tolerate 'the strategic friendship' between Tehran and Beirut. '
Hariri announced his resignation daily after the conversation with Velayati in Saudi Arabia. He said to fear his life and accused Iran of seeding the Shiite Hizbullah movement in the Arab world.
Velayati said that Hariri had just offered to mediate between Iran and Saudi Arabia and was pleased with the offer. He said Tehran hopes that Hariri can return to Lebanon and stay as prime minister, 'if the Lebanese law allows it. '
Hariri announced in a televised interview Sunday that he would return to his country soon. He opened the possibility of withdrawing his resignation if the Iran-supported Hezbollah opposes conflicts in the region like Yemen.