(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Lebanon’s president has told foreign ambassadors that the country’s prime minister Saad al-Hariri, who resigned suddenly last week in Saudi Arabia, has been “kidnapped” and must have immunity, a senior Lebanese official told Reuters on Saturday.
President Michel Aoun has been convening high-level meetings with Lebanese politicians and foreign diplomats since Hariri resigned in a surprise broadcast from Saudi Arabia last week.
Aoun made the remark in a meeting on Friday, the official said.
Meanwhile, he has also urged the KSA to explain why Hariri had not returned to Beirut since his resignation.
“The obscurity surrounding the condition of PM Saad Hariri since his resignation a week ago means that all positions and actions declared by him or attributed to him do not reflect the truth,” Aoun added.
“They are instead a result of the ambiguous and obscure conditions (under which) PM Hariri is living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
Aoun has yet to formally accept Hariri’s resignation and has criticised the circumstances surrounding it as “unacceptable”.
“The head of the Lebanese government is detained in Saudi Arabia, he is banned from returning to Lebanon until now,” Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised address Friday.