Riyadh of de­tain­ing Hariri

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - COMMENT -

BEIRUT, Nov 11, (AFP) - Le­banon's pow­er­ful Hezbol­lah chief Has­san Nas­ral­lah on Fri­day ac­cused Saudi Ara­bia of de­tain­ing prime min­is­ter Saad Hariri and of asking the Shi­ite move­ment's arch­foe Is­rael to launch strikes.

Le­banon has of­ten seen re­gional ri­val­ries play out on its soil with dis­as­trous con­se­quences.

The United States also warned against us­ing the tiny coun­try as a “venue for proxy con­flicts” and the United Na­tions said it was “es­sen­tial no new con­flict erupt in the re­gion”.

“The head of the Le­banese gov­ern­ment is de­tained in Saudi Ara­bia, he is banned from re­turn­ing to Le­banon un­til now,” Nas­ral­lah said in a tele­vised ad­dress, his sec­ond since Hariri re­signed last week from the premier­ship in a state­ment made from Riyadh.

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