EU says Hariri should return to Lebanon, warns against Saudi interference

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - The European Union on Monday urged Saad al-Hariri to return to Lebanon, calling on all political forces inside the country to focus on the domestic agenda and warning Saudi Arabia against meddling.

“We appeal first of all to the political forces to focus on Lebanon and what they can deliver to their citizens, Prime Minister Hariri to return to his country and the unity government ... to focus on domestic achievements,” the bloc’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, told reporters.

“We expect no external interference in this national agenda. We believe it is essential to avoid importing into Lebanon regional conflicts,” she said after hosting a meeting of all 28 EU foreign ministers in Brussels.

She praised the achievements of the Lebanese government under Hariri.

France’s foreign minister, speaking on the sidelines of the ministerial gathering in Brussels, also called on other countries not to interfere in Lebanon.

“We are preoccupied by the situation in Lebanon... we are worried about its stability, we are worried about its integrity, we are worried about non-interference,” Jean-Yves Le Drian said.

Germany’s Sigmar Gabriel also said Hariri should return as his departure has shaken Lebanon.

Their Luxembourgish counterpart Jean Asselborn warned Riyadh that a meltdown in Lebanon would further destabilize 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.”



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