Lebanese president accuses Saudi Arabia of detaining PM

Jerome Frank
November 16, 2017

It was the first time Michel Aoun described Hariri as a detainee of the kingdom since the resignation 12 days ago, which was delivered from Riyadh.

In this photo released on October 30, 2017 by Lebanon's official government photographer Dalati Nohra, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, right, meets with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

"It is very reprehensible and shameful for a Muslim country in the region to beg the Zionist regime (Israel) to bomb the people of Lebanon", Rouhani said, backing up an assertion made last week by the head of terror group Hezbollah, an Iranian proxy that seeks to destroy Israel. However, Nasrallah has also said that he would not comment on Hariri's speech that he gave to announce his resignation because he saw it as a "Saudi statement". "I'm talking about information that Saudi Arabia has asked Israel to strike Lebanon".

Hezbollah, a group of Iran-backed Shiite Muslims centered in Lebanon, is the dominant political and military force in Lebanon.

Later Wednesday, Aoun said Saudi Arabia had committed a "hostile act against Lebanon", and that he had called the ambassadors of U.N. Security Council nations about the matter. Hariri supported the group and provided it with political cover while it supported Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and his forces in the beginning of the Syrian Civil War, but because Hariri has stepped down, the group now fears that they will face strict sanctions from the USA government.

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"We consider him detained, arrested" in violation of global laws, Aoun wrote on his official Twitter account. He said Arab mediation to resolve the crisis had failed.

But Hariri's older brother, breaking his silence, says he supports his brother's decision to step down over the growing demands and actions of Hezbollah. "You will see", Hariri wrote, without elaborating.

The development came as French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian arrived in Riyadh where he met Prince Mohammed late Wednesday.

French President Emmanuel Macron has invited Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and his family to come to France, according to a statement issued Wednesday evening byt the Elysee.

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