EU says Hariri must return to Lebanon, warns against Saudi interference

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Premier set for return to Lebanon

- arkansasonline.com
13 Nov 2017
A Lebanese woman holds a placard supporting the outgoing Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to return from Saudi Arabia during the Beirut Marathon, in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. Absent from the marathon this year is Hariri, a regular participant, who resigned from his post unexpectedly last week while in Saudi Arabia. The country's President Michel Aoun urged ...

TV Interview With Lebanon PM Full Of Odd Moments

13 Nov 2017
Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri gives a live TV interview with a reporter from Future TV, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Sunday Nov. 12, 2017, saying he will return to his country "within days". During the live TV interview shown on Future TV, Harari said he was not under house arrest in Saudi Arabia, and that he intends to return to Lebanon to withdraw his resignation and ...
- vosizneias.com

Curating Business and political

- hedgeaccordingly.com
13 Nov 2017
Saudi Arabia on Thursday urged its citizens to leave Lebanon "as soon as possible", days after Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation while visiting the kingdom. A foreign ministry source, quoted by state news agency SPA, also called on Saudis not to travel to Lebanon, but without specifying any threat. "Due to the situation...

I am free in Saudi Arabia, will return to Lebanon soon

13 Nov 2017
On November 7, three days after Hariri's resignation, Saudi Arabia's minister for Gulf Affairs, Thamer al-Sabhan, reportedly said that Lebanon's government has been warmongering against Saudi Arabia because of what he described as aggression by Hezbollah, the Iran backed group. "Lebanon is kidnapped by the militias of Hezbollah and behind it is Iran," he said.
- apnlive.com

Is Lebanon s Prime Minister Being Held Hostage by Saudi Arabia

- newyorker.com
13 Nov 2017
On Sunday, Hariri called a Lebanese reporter, who was en route to a vacation, to invite her to interview him in Riyadh for his Future television station. Looking drawn, Hariri claimed that he was "free" to leave Saudi Arabia. "I was silent in order to allow people to absorb and reflect on the resignation and its repercussions," he said. Hariri added that he might return to ...

Former Prime Minister Hariri Says He'll Return to Lebanon Within Days

13 Nov 2017
Lebanon remains in a state of crisis more than a week after its prime minister, Saad al-Hariri, unexpectedly resigned while on a trip to Saudi Arabia. Lebanon's President Michel Aoun and others have accused Saudi Arabia of kidnapping Hariri. On Sunday, Hariri gave his first televised interview since resigning. On Friday, Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah condemned ...
- democracynow.org

Hariri says not being held captive by Saudis

- presstv.com
13 Nov 2017
Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, whose controversial resignation and stay in Saudi Arabia has raised several questions in the media, is seen during a Future television interview, in a coffee shop in Beirut, Lebanon November 12, 2017. (Photo by Reuters)

Prime Minister of Lebanon promised to return to country in near future

13 Nov 2017
In connection with the situation in Lebanon, on Thursday, November 9, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia invited its citizens to leave Lebanon as soon as possible and refrain from traveling around the country in the framework of international travel. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain issued a statement on November 5, urging its citizens to refrain from traveling to ...
- frontnews.eu

Cape Town

- ctlive.info
13 Nov 2017
BEIRUT -- In his first TV interview since he announced his surprise resignation last weekend, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Sunday he will return to his country from Saudi Arabia "within days" to seek a settlement with the militant group Hezbollah, his rivals in his coalition government.

I Am Free, I Will Soon Return to Resign Legally

13 Nov 2017
He pointed out that Saudi Arabia helped Lebanon with its economy, its power and water infrastrure. He asked, "What have the others give us? What did they do for Syria? Have we seen any power stations built?" Hariri added that after the 2006 war with Israel, Saudi Arabia helped Lebanon rebuild.
- jewishpress.com

Lebanon's Hariri Says Iran To Blame For Crisis, Vows To Return 'Very Soon

- eurasiareview.com
13 Nov 2017
King Salman of Saudi Arabia treated him as his own son, Hariri said, and he had the greatest respect for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. In the TV interview, broadcast from Riyadh, he said the stability of Lebanon was important for both the king and the crown prince. Saudi Arabia more than any other country had helped Lebanon after the 2006 war with Israel, he said.

Saudi Arabia has no Lebanon endgame in sight

13 Nov 2017
Saudi Arabia imposed economic sanctions on Lebanon a year and a half ago, froze its $3 billion in aid for the Lebanese armed forces and halted business deals between the two countries. Today, Saudi Arabia can impose even more painful punishments on Lebanon. Over 400,000 Lebanese citizens work in the Gulf states and they transfer some $2.5 billion a year back to their ...
- haaretz.com

With Lebanon situation not to Saudi Arabia's liking, Riyadh suddenly turns on Hariri

- japantimes.co.jp
13 Nov 2017
Their rivalry has fueled conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Yemen, where they back opposing sides, and now risks destabilizing Lebanon, where Saudi Arabia has long tried to weaken the Iran-backed Hezbollah group, Lebanon's main political power and part of the ruling coalition.

Hariri Insists He's 'Free', Will Return 'Very Soon

13 Nov 2017
Hezbollah has become a dominant force over Lebanon's unity government, which was headed by Hariri, and it has sent thousands of fighters to Syria, Lebanon's neighbor, to support the forces of Syria's President Bashar Assad. It is also believed to have offered training to Iran-backed rebels in Yemen, Arabia, currently locked in a destructive war with Saudi Arabia and allies.
- ndtv.com

Hariri Insists He is 'Free', Will Return 'Very Quickly

- trending-viral.com
13 Nov 2017
Hezbollah has turn out to be a dominant drive over Lebanon's unity authorities, which was headed by Hariri, and it has despatched hundreds of fighters to Syria, Lebanon's neighbor, to help the forces of Syria's President Bashar Assad. It's also believed to have provided coaching to Iran-backed rebels in Yemen, Arabia, presently locked in a harmful battle with Saudi Arabia ...

Lebanon's Hariri Says He's Free In Saudi Arabia, To Return Soon

13 Nov 2017
Speculation has been rife that Saudi Arabia summoned Hariri to Riyadh and broadsided him with a demand to resign because he wouldn't confront Lebanon's powerful Iranian-backed Hezbollah militant group -- a charge the kingdom has denied. The political turmoil has thrust Lebanon to the fore of the Saudi-Iranian rivalry after it managed to avoid the worst of the Syrian civil ...
- matzav.com

And what Saudi Arabia stands to lose

- indilens.com
13 Nov 2017
As some onlookers pointed out, Hariri's speech used expressions and terms that are typical of Saudi public rhetoric against Iran. He explicitly accused Iran of interfering in Lebanon's domestic affairs and in disrupting Arab politics, and referred to Hezbollah, the militarised Lebanese Shia movement, as an Iranian proxy force - even though he became prime minister partly ...

At Beirut Marathon Lebanese Call for PM to Return

13 Nov 2017
Spectators along the 26.2 mile (42.2 kilometer) course held signs reading 'Running for you'' and 'Waiting for you,' addressed to the prime minister, who participated in past races. Lebanese President Michel Aoun had encouraged runners to call on Hariri to return.
- lebanonnews.net

Saudi Arabia and Israel Know They Cannot Defeat Iran, Want to Drag the US into an Uncontainable War

- ahtribune.com
13 Nov 2017
It seems clear that the escalation will be starting in Lebanon, where the resignation of Prime Minister al-Hariri has created a plausible instability that can be exploited by Israel supported by heavy pressure from the Saudis to harden the Lebanese government line against Hezbollah. Hariri headed a coalition pulled together in 2016 that included nearly all of Lebanon's ...

Emerging after shock resignation, Lebanon's Hariri says he will return 'soon

13 Nov 2017
In an exclusive interview from Riyadh with his party's Future TV, Hariri brushed aside rumors that he was under de facto house arrest in Saudi Arabia and hinted he could rescind his resignation if Hezbollah stopped getting involved in other conflicts outside of Lebanon.
- timesofisrael.com

Lebanon's Hariri Says He's Free in Saudi Arabia, Back Soon

- bloomberg.com
13 Nov 2017
Hariri was propelled into politics by the assassination of his father, former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, in 2005. A UN-backed tribunal has charged Hezbollah members with the killing, which took place shortly before Syria's military pullout from Lebanon, but the group denies involvement.

Lebanon PM says he will return to his country soon

13 Nov 2017
Hariri was appointed prime minister in late 2016 and headed a 30-member coalition government that included Hezbollah. But it has been an uneasy partnership between Hariri, who heads a Sunni-led camp loyal to Saudi Arabia, and Hezbollah, which represents a faction loyal to Shi'ite Iran.
- bostonglobe.com

Saudi Arabia removing Lebanon's prime minister may start a war

- businessinsider.com
13 Nov 2017
Experts believe that by forcing Hariri's resignation, Saudi Arabia could effectively rebrand Lebanon as an "Iranian outpost" dominated by Hezbollah. This may be the first move in a series of actions ending with armed conflict between Israel and Hezbollah -- and could curb Iran's influence in the region.
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