Saudis are pressed to clar­ify Hariri’s ab­sence

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Nation + World -

BEIRUT » Le­banon’s pres­i­dent called on Saudi Ara­bia Satur­day to clar­ify the rea­sons why the coun­try’s prime min­is­ter has not re­turned home since his res­ig­na­tion last week, an­nounced from the king­dom, as the United States and France ex­pressed their sup­port for Le­banon’s sovereignty and sta­bil­ity amid height­en­ing ten­sions be­tween Beirut and Saudi Ara­bia.

A po­lit­i­cal cri­sis has gripped Le­banon and shat­tered the rel­a­tive peace main­tained by its coali­tion gov­ern­ment since Prime Min­is­ter Saad Hariri’s stun­ning an­nounce­ment Nov. 4 from the Saudi cap­i­tal that he was re­sign­ing.

Le­banese Pres­i­dent Michel Aoun called on Saudi Ara­bia to clar­ify why Hariri hasn’t re­turned home since an­nounc­ing his res­ig­na­tion say­ing that “the ob­scu­rity re­gard­ing Hariri’s con­di­tions makes any­thing that he says or does not re­flect truth.” It was an in­di­ca­tion that Aoun does not rec­og­nize Hariri’s res­ig­na­tion.

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