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>> Saad Hariri seen welcoming Saudi Arabia's King Salman in Riyadh this weekend, a week on from his stunning resignation as Lebanese Prime Minister, and amid questions about just why he remains in Saudi Arabia. Lebanon's President, Michel Aoun is pressing the Kingdom to say whether Hariri is being prevented from returning home.
A senior official in Beruit says Aoun told foreign ambassadors that Hariri was quote, kidnapped. Iran and it's Lebanese ally Hezbollah also accused Saudi Arabia of holding Hariri hostage. The militant's group claims the kingdom has effectively declared war on Lebanon. Hariri said he feared assassination, and accused Iran and Hezbollah of sowing strife in the Arab world.
Now Riyadh is saying Hariri is free to leave, adding he resigns because Hezbollah was calling the shots in his government. Tiny Lebanon appears caught in a power struggle between its Islamic neighbors, Sunni, Saudi Arabia, and Shia, Iran. The same rivalry that's brought her people to Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Bahrain.
The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is warning other countries against using Lebanon for proxy conflicts. For his part, Hariri has remained tight lipped since quitting. With mounting speculation that he and his boss business empire are caught up in the Saudi crown prince's ongoing anti-corruption crack down. This lead to dozens of royals, top officials, and businessman being detained in Riyadh, their assets in danger of confiscation.