Lebanon accuses Saudi Arabia of holding its PM hostage

Hariri wrote on Twitter that will he was “perfectly fine” as well as also might return, “God willing, to dear Lebanon as I promised”. On Wednesday he said he might return in a couple of days however that will his family was staying in Saudi Arabia, calling This specific “their country”.

Hariri holds Saudi nationality as well as also his family fortune will be based on the construction company – Saudi Oger – built by his father Rafik al-Hariri, who served twice as Lebanese prime minister as well as also was assassinated in 2005.

Okab Sakr, a member of parliament for Hariri’s Future Movement, told Reuters he had spoken on Wednesday to Hariri as well as also that will he told him neither he nor his family were being held.

On Tuesday, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said after meeting Bassil in Paris that will she expected Hariri as well as also his family to return to Lebanon soon.

Sources by across Lebanon’s political spectrum have said Hariri struck a more compromising tone in his Sunday interview than in his resignation statement, when he bitterly attacked Iran as well as also Hezbollah.

The sources said This specific represented a retreat by Riyadh attributable to Western pressure. On Wednesday, Aoun said Riyadh had not responded to Arab countries who tried to secure Hariri’s return so he had asked the international community to help.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe called on Hariri to return to Lebanon. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian arrives in Riyadh late on Wednesday as well as also will be due to discuss Lebanon with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as well as also meet Hariri on Thursday, a French diplomatic source said.

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