News outlet: Lebanon’s outgoing PM leaves Saudi to visit UAE

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News outlet: Lebanon’s outgoing PM leaves Saudi to visit UAE
News outlet: Lebanon’s outgoing PM leaves Saudi to visit UAE

BEIRUT (AP) – The TV station of Lebanon’s resigned Prime Minister Saad Hariri says the politician has left the Saudi capital of Riyadh to travel to the United Arab Emirates where is he is scheduled to meet a top official.

Hariri’s departure comes after days of speculation in Lebanon that the Lebanese-Saudi politician is under house arrest in Saudi Arabia following his resignation over the weekend.

The UAE and Saudi Arabia are strong allies and are spearheading an anti-Iran coalition in the region.

Hariri’s Future TV said the outgoing prime minister left Riyadh on Tuesday morning to UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi to meet the powerful crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Hariri unexpectedly announced his resignation Saturday during a trip to Saudi Arabia throwing Lebanon’s fragile government into disarray.

In this photo provided by the Saudi Press Agency, Saudi King Salman, right, meets with outgoing Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. Hariri’s resignation in a televised statement from Saudi Arabia on Saturday stunned Lebanon and plunged the tiny nation into uncertainty. In his resignation, Hariri accused Shiite power Iran of meddling in Arab affairs and the Iran-backed Lebanese militant Hezbollah group of holding Lebanon hostage. (Saudi Press Agency, via AP)
In this photo provided by the Saudi Press Agency, Saudi King Salman, right, shakes hands with outgoing Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. Hariri’s resignation in a televised statement from Saudi Arabia on Saturday stunned Lebanon and plunged the tiny nation into uncertainty. In his resignation, Hariri accused Shiite power Iran of meddling in Arab affairs and the Iran-backed Lebanese militant Hezbollah group of holding Lebanon hostage. (Saudi Press Agency, via AP)
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