Saad Al-Hariri, Lebanon’s Prime Minister who resigned from his post on Nov. 4th from Saudi Arabia, said he is fine and will return to Lebanon in the next two days.
Writing on Twitter, Hariri urged Lebanese to remain calm, adding that his family would “stay in its country, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” he said, report Reuters.
Hariri’s announcement comes after Lebanon’s Maronite Christian Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rai said he would return home “as soon as possible.”
Rai’s remarks came after a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on his second day of a first visit to Saudi Arabia. Rai also held talks with Hariri, who abruptly announced his resignation on Nov. 4 from Riyadh, saying he feared for his life.
In the video statement, Mr Hariri also attacked Hezbollah, which is politically and militarily powerful in Lebanon, and Iran.
Mr Hariri’s father and former prime minister Rafik was killed by a bomb in 2005 in an attack widely blamed on Hezbollah.
In a recent television interview (Hariri’s own channel, Future Television), the former Lebanese PM dismissed rumors about his resignation and his stay in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia has told its citizens in Lebanon to leave the country immediately.
It has also urged Saudis not to travel there.
Saudi Arabia has also accused the Iranian-backed Lebanese militant group Hezbollah of firing a missile at it from Yemen shortly afterwards.
The missile fired from Yemen was intercepted near the Saudi capital Riyadh, CNN reported.
A day later Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman accused Iran of “direct military aggression” by supplying missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen.
According to The Washington Post latest report, Hezbollah is at the center of the recent crisis that has gripped Lebanon and rattled a region already rife with conflict.
What has Saudi Arabia extended to Lebanon?
Meanwhile, an image, circulated on the social media, has highlighted the difference between financial and economic support extended by Saudi Arabia to the Lebanese expatriates living on its territory and to the Lebanese government people. The chart compares it to what Iran has provided to its Lebanese expatriates and to the Lebanese people in general, report The Saudi Gazette.
There are about 350,000 Lebanese citizens staying in the Kingdom while there are 1,200 of them in Iran.
The annual money remittances from Riyadh to Beirut are about $4.5 billion against $300,000 coming from Iran.
The Lebanese exports to the Kingdom amounted to $378 million and about 75 percent of its agricultural exports pour into the Kingdom’s fruit and vegetable markets. About 53 percent of the Lebanese exports go to the GCC countries while its exports to Iran are $3 million.
The Lebanese investments in Saudi Arabia are about $13 billion while the assets of the establishments owned by the Lebanese citizens in the Kingdom are $125 billion.
The investments of the Lebanese people in Iran are hardly $20 million, SG report.
During the past 25 years, the Kingdom’s support to Lebanon amounted to $70 billion while the support coming from Iran was not more than $40 million.