Hezbollah says Saudi Arabia forced Lebanon PM to resign

Hezbollah says Saudi Arabia forced Lebanon PM to resign

Hezbollah says Saudi Arabia forced Lebanon PM to resign

He is yet to return to Lebanon.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri was reportedly informed of a plot to assassinate him by Western intelligence agencies, leading him to flee the country and resign from his post.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also said during the talks in Beirut, Hariri raised Saudi Arabia's demands, urging Iran to stop supporting the oppressed nation of Yemen and improve its ties with the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council members.

Al-Hariri placed the blame squarely on Iran and Hezbollah.

The Hezbollah leader also questioned why Hariri gave his resignation speech from Saudi Arabia.

Hariri's resignation toppled a coalition government that included Hezbollah, thrusting Lebanon back into the frontline of the Saudi-Iranian regional rivalry and risking an open-ended political crisis and sectarian tensions in Lebanon. The nation was without a cohesive government and leadership for almost two years.

It says Bahraini citizens are banned from traveling to Lebanon, as well.

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Speaking from the Saudi capital Riyadh, Hariri cited Iran's "grip" on the country and threats to his life.

Under the power-sharing system that helped end Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war, the president must be a Christian, the premier a Sunni and the speaker of parliament a Shiite.

Manama has declared Hezbollah a terrorist group and repeatedly accused it of involvement in violent attacks in the kingdom.

He added that Hariri resigned from Riyadh for security reasons.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was concerned by Hariri's resignation and hoped all sides in the country would back its state institutions, his spokesman on Lebanon Stephane Dujarric said in an emailed statement.

In this February 14, 2005, file photo, vehicles burn following a massive bomb attack that tore through the motorcade of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in Beirut, Lebanon.

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