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Lebanon return from Saudi Arabia 'within days — Saad Hariri

Lebanon return from Saudi Arabia 'within days — Saad Hariri”

A mysterious man suddenly appeared on television during the interview with Lebanon's Prime Minister, Saad Hariri.

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.

Wearing a suit and tie and with a Lebanese flag in the background, Hariri looked tired and spoke softly but firmly throughout the interview.

Former Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri gives his first televised interview on November 12, 2017, eight days after announcing his resignation.

Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr, reporting from Lebanon's capital, Beirut, said Hariri's televised appearance on Sunday was aimed at persuading the people in Lebanon that he was not being held against his will - a widespread belief in the country.

Hariri repeated several times that he resigned to create a "positive shock" and draw attention to the danger of siding with Iran, Hezbollah's main patron, in regional conflicts.

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday that Hariri was "detained in Saudi Arabia" and "banned from returning to Lebanon".

Lebanese President Michel Aoun has yet to formally accept Hariri's resignation and has said he wants to meet him in person to discuss the situation. "I'm only talking about days and I'll go back to Lebanon".

In his interview on Sunday, Hariri said he wrote his own resignation speech, insisting that he was not forced to step down. She first read the time from her phone and then reported to Hariri developments in Lebanon, including protests.

"The EU urges the coalition to ensure the immediate resumption of the UN's flights and activities in the ports of Hodeida and Saleef and the opening of land borders for humanitarian relief and basic commercial commodities".

Asked by reporters about Iran's reaction to Saudi Arabia's possible provocative moves against Lebanon, Qassemi said, "We cannot speak on the basis of assumptions". "They (the Lebanese) will not rest until he returns so that life returns to normal".

The kingdom has been demanding that Hezbollah play no role in future government, accusing the group of supporting anti-Saudi Yemen rebels known as Houthis. "We need to see the blockade of all the ports lifted, especially Hodeida, for both humanitarian and for commercial imports".

"We are worried about its stability, we are worried about its integrity", Le Drian said.

"Really, I consider him a brother and he considers me a brother. But for there to be a political solution in Lebanon every political official must have total freedom in their movements".

The main problem for the region, he said, was "Iran interfering in Arab states". He repeatedly drank water, finishing his glass and asking for more.



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