Saudi FM: Macron’s comments on Lebanon’s Hariri being detained in KSA ‘incorrect’

The source explained that Saudi Arabia continues to support the stability, security, and state of Lebanon by all means available. (AFP)
Updated 30 May 2018

Saudi FM: Macron’s comments on Lebanon’s Hariri being detained in KSA ‘incorrect’

  • Hariri spent two weeks in November in Saudi Arabia before heading to Paris, Abu Dhabi and Cairo
  • France's President Macron made his comments on French broadcaster BFMTV on Friday

DUBAI: A source at Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry said French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent comments that the Kingdom had detained Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri in November were incorrect, Saudi state-news agency SPA reported.

"What the French president said in an interview with channel BFMTV that the kingdom had held Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri is incorrect," the source said.

"The kingdom of Saudi Arabia was and still supports the stability and security of Lebanon and Prime Minister Hariri," he said.

He said all evidence pointed to the view that Iran and its proxies were destabilizing Lebanon and the region, such as Hezbollah’s involvement in the assassination of former Lebanese PM Rafiq Al-Hariri and the killing of two French citizens in the country, as well as its backing of the Houthi militia.

The source added that the Kingdom would continue working with the French president to tackle all Iranian-back militia.

Hariri traveled to Riyadh in November and shortly after announced his resignation as Prime Minister, citing fear of assassination. He also blamed Iran and Hezbollah’s “meddling in the Arab world” as reasons for him stepping down.

After spending two weeks in Saudi Arabia he then traveled to Paris, Abu Dhabi and Cairo – before eventually returning to Lebanon.

It was in Beirut that he withdrew his resignation.


Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

Updated 19 April 2019

Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

  • Finance representatives of 150 government bodies meet for the Budget Forum 2020

RIYADH: Saudi finance chiefs have kicked off a major conference in the capital aimed at mapping out the Kingdom’s budget requirements.
Around 300 specialists representing 150 government bodies met at the InterContinental hotel in Riyadh for the Budget Forum 2020.
Minister of Finance Mohammed Al-Jadaan welcomed delegates to the second edition of the gathering organized by the Saudi Finance Ministry under the slogan “Partnership and Empowerment.”
Al-Jadaan said the ministry was focused on “partnership and commitment,” and sought to share the challenge of developing an effective budget to achieve the Kingdom’s ambitious goals.
“We are also committed to empowering financial leaderships to learn about the ministry’s programs and projects and provide training and qualification opportunities to the best international standards,” he added.
The finance chief said the budget planning process required the collaboration of multiple authorities and a clear strategy based on transparency. 
Items up for discussion at the forum included financial planning in governmental bodies, automation, and the promotion of revenues and efficient spending.
Finance Ministry steering committee chairman, Abdul Aziz bin Saleh Al-Freih, stressed the importance of the forum in getting the ball rolling at an early stage on formulating a general state budget.
Workshops were held on the sidelines of the conference focused on empowering government organizations, and a training program on financial planning and income estimations was also staged.