Lebanon President says Saudis have detained Lebanon PM


Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun has accused Saudi Arabia of detaining its Prime Minister, who resigned unexpectedly during a visit to Riyadh on 4 November.

“Nothing justifies the failure of Prime Minister Hariri to return for 12 days. Therefore, we consider him to be held and detained, in violation of the Vienna Convention and human rights law,” Aoun’s official twitter account said.

 

“No decision can be made on a resignation from abroad,” he added. “He should return to Lebanon to present his resignation or withdraw it, or to discuss the reasons for it and how to address them.”

 

“We cannot wait longer and lose time. Affairs of state cannot be stopped.”

 

Hariri responded to Aoun, tweeting: “I want to repeat and affirm that I am perfectly fine and I will return, God willing, to dear Lebanon as I promised you, you’ll see.”

In his resignation speech, Hariri blamed interference in Lebanon by Iran and Lebanese political party Hezbollah for his decision, explaining that he feared an assassination attempt.

Hariri’s resignation occurred only 11 months after he took office, forcing Lebanon into a state of further instability, especially with rising tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran. This news comes 6 days after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates urged their citizens to leave Lebanon as soon as possible.

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Xain Storey

Xain is the co-founder and editor of BroFeed. He spends most of his time researching bioculturalism, building epic fantasy worlds, and wondering why people still trust their governments.

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