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Hariri Appears in First TV Interview Since Resignation

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Eleena Tovar | 14 Noviembre, 2017, 12:07

Saying that Iran continues to support the trend of peace and development in the Arab country, he described Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri's recent resignation as an "unexpected and suspicious" move.

Their Luxembourgish counterpart Jean Asselborn warned Riyadh that a meltdown in Lebanon would further destabilise the tumultuous Middle East, adding that "a hostage crisis, if that is what is happening with the Lebanese Prime Minister in Saudi Arabia, is not very good news for the region".

Hariri's Future Movement political party said on Monday it saw his plan to return to Beirut within days as a "good sign" and a step on the road to repairing Lebanon's foreign relations.

He has been staying in Saudi Arabia where he announced his surprise resignation, sparking claims that he is being held there against his will.

The man at the background triggered widespread speculation, amid various uncertainties in the minds of millions, asking about who he could possibly be and what message was on the rolled white paper he was holding.

The patriarch, who heads Lebanese Maronite Christians, is scheduled to hold talks with King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Hariri.

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 am freely in the Kingdom, and if I want to travel tomorrow, I will travel".

Yemeni media quoted him as saying the national carrier, Yemenia, would resume its flights to and from the two airports to destinations including Amman and Cairo.

"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".

"President Aoun expressed his pleasure at Hariri's announcement of his return to Lebanon soon", a source said.

"Lebanon's issues are related to the Lebanese themselves and we will not interfere in Lebanon's issues and based on our principled policies, we never interfere in other countries' internal affairs", Qassemi told reporters in his weekly press conference in Tehran on Monday.

The Lebanese prime minister announced his resignation following visits to Saudi Arabia.

Rami Khouri, senior public policy fellow at the American University of Beirut, said Hariri's body language during the Future TV interview indicated that he was in "an uncomfortable situation".

"We are in the eye of the storm", he said.

Hariri made the comments from Saudi Arabia's capital, Riyadh, speaking publicly for the first time since his shock resignation eight days ago.

Asked why Hariri has been in Saudi Arabia for so long, al-Mouallimi replied: "He has a house in Saudi Arabia". So it's not strange that Saad Hariri is in Saudi Arabia.