TEHRAN (defapress)- A leading Arab newspaper quoted informed officials as saying that Lebanon will raise the issue of Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri's detention in Saudi Arabia at the UN Security Council if his fate doesn't come to be known soon.
News ID: 66954
Publish Date: 11November 2017 - 16:40
"Lebanese President Michel Aoun has told the visiting
diplomatic delegations that he will not wait more than a week to clear the fate
of the resigned Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri and his return to Lebanon and
then he will be forced to take the case to the UNSC," the Lebanese
al-Jomhouriyah newspaper quoted the informed officials as saying on Saturday.
Aoun has also stressed during the meetings that Russia and
other countries are prepared to help Lebanon, the officials said.
The Lebanese president also said that Hariri has contacted
him last Saturday, stressing that he cannot bear the situation and will return
to Lebanon in the next 2 to 3 days but he has not been heard of ever since
then, the officials added.
A Lebanese government official said on Thursday that
authorities believe that former Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri is being held in
"Lebanon is heading towards asking foreign and Arab
states to put pressure on Saudi to release Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri,"
the unnamed official has said.
The official also said in his interview with Reuters,
"Keeping Hariri with restricted freedom in Riyadh is an attack on Lebanese
sovereignty. Our dignity is his dignity. We will work with states to return him
Riyadh and Hariri aides have denied allegations that he is
under house arrest, but haven't denied that movements are being restricted.
Hariri's resignation came in the wake of a statement by the
Saudi minister Thamer al-Sabhan, who stated that Riyadh expected Lebanon to
"act to deter" Hezbollah movement, which is included in the country's
government, as it is allegedly posing a threat to Saudi Arabia.
Hariri, who was the prime minister from 2009 to 2011 and
took office again in November 2016, resigned on Saturday while visiting Saudi