Aoun Says Anything Hariri Declares from Saudi 'Subject of Suspicion'

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President Michel Aoun on Sunday reiterated that anything declared by Prime Minister Saad Hariri from Riyadh will be a “subject of suspicion,” amid reports of an imminent TV interview featuring the premier.

“Aoun re-emphasized to his visitors today the content of the statement that was issued yesterday by the Presidency's press office about the mysterious and ambiguous circumstances in which Prime Mininster Saad Hariri has been living in Riyadh since last Saturday, which were also mentioned by a number of heads of state who tackled the issue over the past days,” the National News Agency said.

“These circumstances have reached the extent of restricting PM Hariri's freedom and imposing restraints on his residency and on any communication with him from the members of his family,” Aoun told his visitors.

“These circumstances make anything that PM Hariri has issued or will issue, and anything attributed to him, a subject of suspicion and ambiguity,” the president said.

He added that Hariri's stances “cannot be recognized as official or emanating from the premier's free will.”

Future TV announced that it will broadcast the interview with Hariri at 8:30 pm Sunday.

Hariri had announced his resignation on November 4 in a surprising and pre-recorded statement from Saudi Arabia.

In a haltingly delivered address, Hariri accused Iran of meddling in Arab affairs and Iran-backed Hizbullah of holding Lebanon hostage. He also said he feared for his life.

In his absence, Lebanon has been awash with speculation the prime minister may be held against his will in Saudi Arabia. Saudi officials have denied Hariri is under house arrest.

Aoun has urged Saudi Arabia to explain why Hariri had not returned to Beirut since his surprise resignation, while Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has openly accused the kingdom of "detaining" the premier.

Hizbullah's critics have meanwhile called for addressing the political content of Hariri's resignation announcement and not the unusual manner in which the resignation was declared.

Comments 7
Thumb Knight 12 November 2017, 18:50

listen to the supportive and very understanding iranian president.

Thumb barrymore 12 November 2017, 18:57

While what hariri might say be suspicious, there is no suspicion that you are an Iranian tool; pure and simple.

Allow the people of Lebanon to make up their own minds rather than intimidate them into your Iranian way of thinking.

Address the total control by hezbollah of Lebanon instead of acting as a clairvoyant.

Thumb Elemental 12 November 2017, 19:17

Aoun's just saying what he's told to say.

Thumb Elemental 13 November 2017, 18:42

Wow Movaten looks like he was busy yesterday.

Missing cimitero 12 November 2017, 19:47

any excuse he will give so he doesn't have to make the tough decisions

Thumb tric.portugal 12 November 2017, 20:02

how many times the Saudis stop the interview to teach the awnsers to Hariri or how Hariri must say that ?

Thumb thepatriot 12 November 2017, 22:56

Everything Micho has been saying for the past 30 years, from Lebanon, France, Iran or the US has been suspicious!