According to a Lebanese government official, authorities believe that former PM, Saad al-Hariri is being held hostage or against his will after visiting Saudi Arabia on November 4, 2017.

Lebanon is heading towards asking foreign and Arab states to put pressure on Saudi Arabia to release Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri. Hariri resigned on November 4 while visiting Saudi Arabia, citing concerns that he could be assassinated like his father.

His father, Rafik Hariri, was killed in 2005 as a result of an explosion in Beirut, with a special tribunal in The Hague charging five Hezbollah members in connection with his murder

The office of the former Lebanese prime minister, Saad al-Hariri, has announced that he met with the French ambassador, as well as UK, U$ & EU diplomats in Riyadh and that he was okay. Riyadh and Hariri aides have denied allegations that he is under house arrest, but haven’t denied that movements are being restricted

However, keeping Hariri with restricted freedom in Riyadh is an attack on Lebanese sovereignty. Our dignity is his dignity. We will and must work with states to return him to Beirut.

Hariri’s resignation came in the wake of a statement by Saudi Minister for Gulf Affairs Thamer al-Sabhan, who said that Riyadh expected that Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement is now also posing a serious threat to Saudi Arabia.

ABC / AA-Magnum News 2017.

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