Saturday, 17 Nov 2018

Nasrallah says : Prime minister of Lebanon, Saad Hariri is currently detained in Saudi Arabia


Foto :  Saad Hariri  (Internet)Foto : Saad Hariri (Internet) -  The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah has declared that the country's prime minister, Saad Hariri is currently detained in Saudi Arabia and that his resignation it was done under pressure.

Hassan Nasrallah said he was sure that Hariri was forced to resign as part of what he called Saudi Arabia's policy of stoking tensions in Lebanon.

Hariri, who announced his resignation last week in a televised address from Riyadh, has yet to return to Lebanon.

Nasrallah said Hariri is being prevented by Saudi officials from returning to Lebanon, which is why the resignation of Hariri illegal and invalid.

"All of a sudden, out of nowhere, Saudi Arabia called the prime minister on urgent matter without his aide or advisers, and was forced to tender his resignation, and to read the resignation statement written by them," Nasrallah said, as he accused Riyadh.

"We declare that the prime minister of Lebanon has not resigned. Saad Hariri is our political opponent, but he is also our prime minister." he said

He said that US President Donald Trump must have known of the plans to force Hariri's resignation.

Hariri is part of a unity government that also includes rival political factions such as those supported by Hezbollah.

"The United States supports the stability of Lebanon and is opposed to any actions that could threaten that stability." said Rex Tillerson, US secretary of state, in a statement on Friday, November 10 2017 issued following Nasrallah's televised address.

Earlier, Heather Nauert, state department spokesperson, said a US diplomat met Saad Hariri in Riyadh, but refused to comment on where the meeting took place or to elaborate on Hariri's status.

"We have seen him. In terms of the conditions of him being held or the conversations between Saudi Arabia and Prime Minister Hariri, I would have to refer you to the government of Saudi Arabia and also to Mr Hariri's office."

Nauert said Hariri's resignation was an internal matter that we couldn't comment on.

Lebanese officials have said Hariri is likely to be under either house arrest or in temporary detention in Riyadh.

His resignation on November 4 came on the same day that dozens of Saudi princes, senior ministers, businessmen were arrested in a purge carried out by a new anti-corruption committee led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.


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