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    BEIRUT (AP) – Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri says he fears that Hezbollah’s military role in regional conflicts will end up costing his country dearly.

    But Hariri also expressed optimism that the crisis over his resignation, which he later suspended, is about to fizzle out. Hariri spoke to the Paris Match magazine in an interview published on Thursday.

    He also said his resignation was meant to let the world know that Lebanon cannot tolerate the militant Hezbollah group’s meddling in the affairs of Gulf countries – a reference to Yemen, where the kingdom is fighting Shiite rebels. Hezbollah denies having a military role there.

    In this photo released by the Lebanese Government, Lebanese President Michel Aoun, center, meets with Prime Minister Saad Hariri, right, and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, left, at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. Aoun launched consultations with the country's political leaders over the government's future in the wake of Prime Minister Saad Hariri's suspended resignation. (Dalati Nohra/Lebanese Government via AP)

    In this photo released by the Lebanese Government, Lebanese President Michel Aoun, center, meets with Prime Minister Saad Hariri, right, and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, left, at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. Aoun launched consultations with the country’s political leaders over the government’s future in the wake of Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s suspended resignation. (Dalati Nohra/Lebanese Government via AP)

    Hariri tweeted late Wednesday that consultations following his resignation were “positive.” It is not clear what, if any, concessions is Hezbollah offering to ensure Hariri would return to office.

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