Hariri indicates possibility of revoking his resignation
Nov 14 2017 by Desiree Burns
"The obscurity regarding Hariri's conditions makes anything that he says or does not reflect truth", said Aoun, cited by News18.com.
Lebanon's prime minister Saad al-Hariri gestures during a press conference in parliament building at downtown Beirut, Lebanon October 9, 2017.
Hariri's resignation, which has yet to be endorsed by Lebanese President Michel Aoun, came amid tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Hariri's interview on Sunday night, carried by Future TV, a channel associated with his political party, raised some new questions. Before his resignation on November 4, he led a 30-member government that included Hezbollah.
"I am freely in the kingdom, and if I want to travel tomorrow, I will travel", Hariri said of his presence in Saudi Arabia. Then, when an natural disaster was reported in Iraq and Iran, she referenced it, telling Hariri it was to make sure people believed the interview was live.
Saudi Arabia has stepped up its rhetoric against Hezbollah and its patron, Iran, accusing both of supporting Shiite rebels in Yemen known as Houthis. A Saudi-led coalition has been at war with the Houthis rebels since 2015 in a bloody conflict that has resulted in a major humanitarian disaster.
Saudi Arabia has asked its citizens to leave Lebanon, and many Lebanese fear further economic sanctions or even military action against their country.
Saudi Arabia said on Monday that the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi rebels in Yemen will begin reopening air and seaports, days after closing them following a ballistic missile attack by the rebels on Riyadh. Organizers say more than 47,000 participated in the marathon. Large billboards with pictures of Hariri rose overhead, and a local TV station showed an hour-long profile and interview with Hariri from past year. Once he returns, Aoun tweeted, "we will listen to him about all circumstances, topics and concerns that need addressing". "You made me exhausted", he said. She first read the time from her phone and then reported to Hariri developments in Lebanon, including protests. Several sources believe that Saudi Arabia is holding Hariri against his will, a claim the kingdom has rejected.
The announcement comes after Yemeni transport minister Murad Al Halimi said on Friday that airports in the government-held cities of Aden and Seiyun, in Hadramawt province, would be reopening.
"But in a sense, his absence has been unifying. This is somehow reassuring but we still want him with us".