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Lebanese President welcomes Hariri's remarks on planned return

A poster depicting Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri who has resigned from his post is seen in Beirut
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Orlondo Matamoros | Noviembre 14, 2017, 12:04

Lebanese President Michel Aoun, who has refused to accept Saad Hariri's resignation as prime minister unless Hariri returns from Saudi Arabia, welcomed comments from Hariri that he plans to come home soon, palace sources and visitors said on Monday.

Representatives of the Lebanese government have demanded that Hariri be returned from Saudi Arabia as rumors that he has been arrested continue to circulate.

Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, on Friday said Hariri is currently detained in Saudi Arabia and that his "forced" resignation is unconstitutional because it was done "under pressure".

Mr Hariri spoke to Future TV from Riyadh, his first public remarks since he announced he was stepping down last week.

In a televised statement, Future Movement lawmaker Ammar Houri said it supported Hariri's statement that Lebanon should stay out of regional conflicts and reject Iran's interference.

Saudi Arabia has stepped up its rhetoric against Hezbollah and Iran, accusing both of supporting Shiite rebels in Yemen.

The patriarch, who heads Lebanese Maronite Christians, is scheduled to hold talks with King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Hariri.

It has also stoked fears of an escalation in the regional divide between Iran and the Gulf states, primarily Saudi Arabia, with Lebanon on the front lines. Hezbollah and the Houthis deny that the Lebanese group is carrying out anti-Saudi activities in Yemen. When asked about reports that he is not communicative and doesn't use his phone much, he said: "I am in a reflective state", adding that he didn't want any distractions amid a very busy schedule. She first read the time from her phone and then reported to Hariri developments in Lebanon, including protests. "Why put ourselves in the middle?" Hezbollah has sent thousands of fighters to Syria, Lebanon's neighbor, to support the forces of Syria's President Bashar Assad.

"Lebanon's issues are related to the Lebanese themselves and we will not interfere in Lebanon's issues and based on our principled policies, we never interfere in other countries' internal affairs", Qassemi told reporters in his weekly press conference in Tehran on Monday.

"We are in the eye of the storm", he said.

The EU's commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis management, said that more steps were needed.

"Really, I consider him a brother and he considers me a brother".

At times it was evident Hariri was holding back tears in the interview, which went on for over an hour.

Geekie said no aid had gone into Aden yet and the reopening of the Wadea crossing did not affect UN operations. So it's not strange that Saad Hariri is in Saudi Arabia.

"There can be no alternative for all these ports being fully functional and receiving commercial and humanitarian cargo", Geekie said.