The Lebanese prime minister who resigned and is in Saudi Arabia announced his imminent return to his country. Since the announcement of his resignation, there have been reports of his being held in Riyadh against his will
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri announced on Tuesday that he would return to Lebanon within two days. Reuters reported.
Al-Hariri announced his resignation two weeks ago while in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh. Al-Hariri explained his resignation by fearing that he would be assassinated. Since the announcement of the resignation, Al-Hariri has not returned to his country, and the following week there were reports that he was “kidnapped” by the Saudis and held in the kingdom without being able to return to Lebanon at will .
The resignation of the prime minister took place against the backdrop of new tensionsbetween the two Muslim powers in the Persian Gulf: Saudi Arabia and Shi’ite Iran. Among other things, it was claimed after Al-Hariri’s resignation that the Saudis had forced him to carry out the move, because he did not agree to take a strong enough stand against Hezbollah, which is actually an Iranian branch on Lebanese soil.
In a tweet on Twitter, Al-Hariri wrote yesterday that he was well and that his family would remain in Saudi Arabia for the time being.
It was also reported that yesterday Al-Hariri met in Riyadh with the Lebanese-Maronite Patriarch Bishara a-Ra’i – the first visit by a Lebanese official to the kingdom since the resignation . According to Reuters, the visit of the patriarch in the Sunni state is considered historic, since the practices of other religions are banned in Saudi Arabia.