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.

 


WATCH: Car ploughs through Grand Mosque courtyard in Makkah, crashes into door

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WATCH: Car ploughs through Grand Mosque courtyard in Makkah, crashes into door

  • Police say driver in ‘abnormal’ condition

RIYADH: Video footage captured the dramatic moment a car was driven at high speed across the courtyard of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, before finally smashing into one of the doors on Friday night.

Saudi security authorities then arrested a man who was pulled from the car, state news agency SPA reported.

Reports suggest the car was driven at high speed on a road surrounding the southern square the Grand Mosque, also known Masjid Haramain, SPA added, quoting the official spokesman of Makkah region, Sultan Al-Dossari.

He said the incident happened at around 10:30 p.m..

No one was hurt in the incident the report added.

Investigators said the driver of the car was a Saudi citizen who was “in an abnormal condition.” 

The offender is being referred to the Public Prosecution office, it said.