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Beirut seeks explanation from Riyadh

12 November, 2017 4:24 PM
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Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun urged Saudi Arabia on Saturday to explain why Saad Hariri had not returned to Beirut since his surprise resignation as Prime Minister a week ago. Mr. Aoun on Saturday called on the kingdom to “clarify the reasons that have prevented the return of PM Hariri to Lebanon to be among his people and supporters”.

The Lebanese head of state has yet to formally accept Mr. Hariri’s resignation and has criticised the circumstances surrounding it as “unacceptable”.

Mr. Hariri’s week-long absence from Lebanon has sparked rumours that the ex-Premier — who also holds Saudi nationality — is under house arrest in the kingdom. Members of his own Al-Moustaqbal (Future) party said they had no information on his fate.


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