RUNAWAY Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri promised yesterday to return within two days from Saudi Arabia, where he is allegedly being held captive.
But, in his first tweet in a week, he said his family would remain “in their home” in the kingdom.
Mr Hariri left Beirut on November 4 for Riyadh, from where a videotaped recording of him announcing his resignation — and claiming he had been targeted for assassination by his party’s coalition government partner Hezbollah — was broadcast.
President Michel Aoun refused to accept Mr Hariri’s resignation until he returned to Lebanon and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah accused the Saudis of keeping him prisoner.
The row has been framed as part of a conflict between Riyadh, Washington and Israel on one side and Iran, Syria and Lebanon on the other. Last Monday, the Saudi minister for Gulf affairs branded Hezbollah’s inclusion in the Lebanese government a “declaration of war.”