BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:25 P.M.) – Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri made a rare visit to southern Lebanon on Friday to meet with the U.N. Peacekeeping Forces along the Hezbollah-Israeli front-lines.
Hariri, who has long been an opponent of Hezbollah, attempted to exert his authority by visiting the front-lines after the latter took a group of journalists on a tour of the future battlefield with Israel.
“What happened yesterday is something that we, as a government, are not concerned with and do not accept,” Hariri said. He struck a conciliatory tone, however, saying “there are political differences (with Hezbollah) that we put aside, and this is one of them,” as quoted by the Associated Press.
“I came here to emphasize that our role as a government is to preserve Resolution 1701,” Hariri said.