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13:17, 11 November 2017

Lebanon president calls on Riyadh to clarify reasons stopping Hariri return

BEIRUT (Reuters) — Lebanon’s president called on Saudi Arabia on Saturday to clarify the reasons preventing Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri returning to Beirut, his office stated.

FILE PHOTO: Lebanese President Michel Aoun is seen at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon, November 7, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir/File Photo

President Michel Aoun mentioned “Lebanon does not accept its prime minister getting in a predicament at odds with international treaties and the standard rules in relations among states.”

Lebanese authorities believe Hariri is being held by Saudi Arabia, from exactly where he quit in a broadcast final week, two leading Lebanese government officials, a senior politician close to Hariri and a fourth supply have said.

Reporting by Ellen Francis, editing by Louise Heavens

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