beirut - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has rescinded his self-resignation on Tuesday. The Sunni Hariri suddenly resigned over a month ago during a visit to Saudi Arabia and complained about the increasing influence of Iran. Iran is the pillar of the Shiite Lebanese, estimated to account for nearly 40 percent of the population.
Hariri said Tuesday that he is prime minister again and that all members of his cabinet have promised not to interfere in domestic conflicts of Arab countries. The government is grateful that Hariri has rescinded his resignation.
The civil war in neighboring Syria has further intensified tensions in the Middle East between Sunnis and Shiites. Shiite Iran participates together with Shiite Lebanese in the fight against radial Sunnis in Syria, who, with the support of the Gulf States, fight against President Assad, who belongs to a religious minority. The population of small Lebanon is divided and exists alongside Shiite Muslims and Sunni Muslims from numerous Christians.