Saudi monarch hosts Lebanese PM after shock resignation

RIYADH: Saudi King Salman met yesterday with former Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri, less than 48 hours after he resigned as premier in a televised address from Riyadh.

During the meeting, ‘they reviewed the situation in Lebanon’, said the state-run agency Saudi Press Agency.

The Saudi interior minister, foreign minister and minister of state for Arab and Gulf affairs were also in attendance.

Hariri, a protege of Riyadh, on Saturday announced his surprise resignation in a broadcast from the Saudi capital.

He cited the ‘grip’ of the Iran-backed Shiite movement Hezbollah on Lebanon, and also said he feared for his life.

The shock resignation came amid a round up of royals, ministers and businessmen in Saudi Arabia. — AFP

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