Lebanese PM Saad al-Hariri, who shockingly resigned during his state visit to Saudi Arabia, on Sunday said he will return to Lebanon “very soon”.
In an Interview with his party’s Future TV from Riyadh, Hariri said he is free in Saudi Arabia and resigned to protect himself.
It was the first time Hariri has spoken to media after his sudden decision to resign from the post of Lebanon's Prime Minister citing “unspecified threat” to life as a reason behind the big move.
Hariri’s statement came a day after Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah claimed that Saudi Arabia was holding Saad al-Hariri against his will and accused the country of inciting Israel against Lebanon.
Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah – a powerful Islamist political party and militant group based in Lebanon, had also accused Saudi Arabia of declaring war on his country.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun had also feared that Hariri is being held under house arrest by Saudi Arabia and forced to do their bidding.
Saad al-Hariri, a Sunni leader and businessman, was nominated to form Lebanon’s government in November 2016.