Lebanese FM Bassil Starts European Tour: Hariri’s Resignation on Agenda


Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil started on Tuesday a European tour aimed at discussing the controversial resignation of Premier Saad Hariri who is believed to be held by Saudi authorities in Riyadh.

“Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gebran Bassil, has left Beirut this Tuesday, at dawn, heading to Europe where he will be touring various countries to discuss the controversial resignation of Premier Hariri and collect support for this case, in particular, and for Lebanon’s stability, in general.” National News agency reported.

Bassil had earlier met with a number of international officials and foreign ministers, and received calls that underlined the support of different countries to Lebanon’s unity, sovereignty and freedom, according to the agency.

Hariri on November 4 announced his resignation from Riyadh, in a surprise move that many believed was dictated by Saudi authorities.  Many reports said that Hariri is under house arrest and prevented from returning to Beirut.

Although he appeared in an interview on Sunday and denied such reports, many political analysts and commentators believe that the Lebanese premier is threatened by Saudi authorities especially that he was confused during the interview with Lebanese TV presenter Paula Yaacobian.

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