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Saudi Arabia advises its citizens against traveling to Lebanon

Saudi Arabia advises its citizens against traveling to Lebanon”

Lebanon's outgoing Prime Minister met the Saudi King on Monday, two days after unexpectedly resigning during his visit to the kingdom, according to the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Hariri's shock resignation read from Saudi Arabia pitched Lebanon into a deep political crisis and pushed the country back to the forefront of a regional struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

It has fuelled speculation in Lebanon that the Sunni Muslim politician, long an ally of Riyadh, was coerced into stepping down by the Saudis. "They ordered him to read his resignation statement and he has been held under house arrest since".

Saudi Arabia and members of Hariri's Future Movement have denied reports that he is under house arrest.

A statement, broadcast by state media, said: "The Coalition's Command considered this a blatant act of military aggression by the Iranian regime, and could rise to be considered as an act of war against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia".

The coalition government he led brought together nearly all of the main political parties in Lebanon, including Hezbollah.

Mr Hariri's father, former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, was assassinated in 2005.

Expanding on the reasons for Hariri's resignation, Jubeir said the decision was precipitated by Hezbollah's actions.

Saudi Gulf Affairs Minister Thamer al-Sabhan said in a television interview that Hariri's personal security detail had "confirmed information" of a plot to kill him.

Earlier in the day, Lebanese President Michel Aoun called for cooperation among all Lebanese forces following Hariri's resignation, in order to reinforce stability.

Hariri travelled to Riyadh on Friday and did not return to Lebanon.



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