Bassil: We Demand the Return of 'Our Prime Minister'

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Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil on Thursday demanded the return of Prime Minister Saad Hariri from Saudi Arabia, where he announced days ago his shock resignation.

"Today we demand the return to the nation of our Prime Minister Saad Hariri," tweeted Bassil.

He had announced on Wednesday evening that “Lebanon was the first democratic country in the Levant.”

“We paid a heavy price to elect a president and a premier who represent us. We chose our representatives and we are the ones to decide whether to remove them or not,” Bassil added.

The foreign minister is the son-in-law of President Michel Aoun, who has not yet accepted Hariri's resignation and is awaiting his return before taking any decision.

Hariri announced in a televised speech from Saudi Arabia on Saturday that he was stepping down, citing Iran's "grip" on Lebanon and threats to his life.

The shock announcement raised fears that Lebanon -- split into rival camps led by Hariri and Iranian-backed Hizbullah -- could once again descend into violence.

It also raised questions about the fate of Hariri, who also holds Saudi nationality, as it coincided with the announcement in Saudi Arabia of an anti-corruption purge in which dozens of princes, ministers and businessmen have been rounded up.

Al-Akhbar newspaper, which is close to Hizbullah, has suggested that Hariri was being held "hostage" in Saudi Arabia.

"We have no information (concerning Hariri). We just want him to return" home, Mustafa Alloush, a member of Hariri's al-Mustaqbal Movement, told the AFP news agency, commenting on that report.

Al-Mustaqbal itself issued a statement on Thursday saying Hariri's return is "necessary to restore respect for Lebanon's balance at home and abroad."

On Sunday, Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said Hariri announced his resignation from Riyadh because it had been “imposed” by Saudi authorities, and wondered what would happen to the prime minister.

"Is he at home? Will they let him return? These are legitimate concerns," he said, referring to the anti-graft sweep in which Saudi Arabia now says 201 people were held.

As questions about Hariri's fate mounted, the resigned premier's media office on Thursday said he had met at his Riyadh home with the French ambassador to Saudi Arabia Francois Gouyette.

Two days earlier he had met in Riyadh with the U.S. charge d'affaires and with the British ambassador Simon Collins.

On Tuesday, official media in the United Arab Emirates said Hariri visited Abu Dhabi where he met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan.

Comments 13
Thumb s.o.s 09 November 2017, 21:00

Bassil demands the same fate as Walid Bin Talal. Jail time for theft!

Thumb Elemental 09 November 2017, 21:02

...to assassinate him.

Thumb Elemental 09 November 2017, 21:50

Another fake account? Be an adult.

Thumb Elemental 09 November 2017, 21:05

Just doing what he's told to do.

Thumb tric.portugal 09 November 2017, 21:14

Whaabism Salaphism to the Cristhians in Lebanon...Convert or Die...with the support of USA!!! USA the killers of cristhianity in Levant...

Thumb Elemental 09 November 2017, 21:16

Fake "Cristhian" above^ No real one would ignore Iran.

Thumb Elemental 09 November 2017, 21:19

Why do you pretend to care for Christians, Movaten?

Thumb tric.portugal 09 November 2017, 21:26

what the Saudis do with the support of Israel=USA...put a knife in the Head of the Cristhianity in Lebanon...after what is happenning in Levant...the commemorations of the 100 years of existence of the Israel are commemorated by Trump putting a knife in the Head of the Cristhians in Lebanon...pure terrorism!!!

Thumb Elemental 09 November 2017, 21:30

Stop pretending to care, that's pathetic Movaten.

Thumb tric.portugal 09 November 2017, 22:05

what the Saudis do with the support of Israel=USA...put a knife in the Head of the Cristhianity in Lebanon...after what is happenning in Levant...the commemorations of the 100 years of existence of the Israel are commemorated by Trump putting a knife in the Head of the Cristhians in Lebanon...pure terrorism!!!

Thumb tric.portugal 09 November 2017, 22:11

there is no words for describing the terrorists atacks that are targueting Lebanon and the Cristhians...and the West nations assisting in silence to the final process of the extremination of cristhians in Levant because they are afraid to lose the Whaabi money...never in all History of the Planeth Earth, the Impire of Mecca have so much power in the West...

Thumb thepatriot 09 November 2017, 23:18

"We chose our representatives and we are the ones to decide whether to remove them or not,”... di you guys read that.... is this a joke?? They chose nothing! Aoun was imposed to us by Syria and Iran, and Hariri by KSA (even though, there was no real other alternative).... Bassil chose nothing! And no one certainly chose him. This idiot never won an election in his entire life!

Thumb liberty 10 November 2017, 05:50

One more mouthpiece of the iranian symphony propagating Hariri's house arrest fantasy.