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Lebanon’s former prime minister Saad al-Hariri, who resigned from his post on Nov. 4 while in Saudi Arabia, moved Tuesday to reassure Lebanese citizens that he was fine and would return within the next two days.
Hariri urged people to “calm down” over his resignation, an apparent attempt to ease tensions that have threatened to boil over into open conflict between the Mideast’s dominant powers, Saudi Arabia and Iran.
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“I am perfectly fine, and God willing, I will return in a day or two,” Hariri announced on Twitter, according to a translation from intelligence analyst Ali Soufan. “Let us calm down. My family is staying in their country the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the kingdom of goodness.”
Hariri’s unexpected resignation earlier this month drew Lebanon into the middle of an escalating power struggle between Riyadh and Tehran. Many Lebanese political leaders said Hariri was forced to quit under pressure from Riyadh and suggested he was being detained in Saudi Arabia against his will.
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Hariri, who holds dual Lebanese and Saudi citizenship, denied he was under duress and accused Iran and Hezbollah of stoking tensions in the region. Part of a joint government that includes Hezbollah, Hariri has previously criticized Tehran of maligning influence in Lebanon, chiefly through its support of the hybrid political party and Islamic terrorist group.
Like his Saudi backers, Hariri is a Sunni Muslim and has had warm relations with the kingdom...
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