Saudi FM says Lebanon's Hariri in Saudi Arabia ‘by his own will’

Published: November 16, 2017
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 Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir attends a joint news conference with France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, November 16, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir attends a joint news conference with France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, November 16, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir rejected accusations that his country was holding Saad al-Hariri against his will, saying the Lebanese prime minister who resigned earlier this month was free to leave when he wants.

“… Al-Hariri lives in the kingdom by his own will and he resigned; regarding his return to Lebanon, it is up to him and his assessment to the security situation (in Lebanon)”, Jubeir told a joint news conference in Riyadh with French Foreign Minister Jean Yves Le Drian.

He also accused Hezbollah of destabilising the region, and said “consultations and coordination between peace-loving countries and Lebanon-loving countries are underway to try to find a way that would restore sovereignty to Lebanon and reduce the negative action which Hezbollah is conducting in Lebanon”.

Hariri’s abrupt resignation as premier in a statement televised from the Saudi capital Riyadh on Nov 4 thrust Lebanon to the front of a Middle East contest for power between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Lebanon’s coalition government was formed last year through a political deal that made Michel Aoun president, Hariri prime minister, and brought members of Hezbollah into the cabinet.

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  • Rex Minor
    Nov 16, 2017 - 9:27PM

    what business is of Saudi Arabia to interfere in the internal political structures of Lebnon. Hisbullah is the integral part of the Lebanese Government. Lebanon has long suffered because of Harriris who are Saudi citizens and have acted as the proxies of Saud House.

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