Saudi Arabia calls on its citizens in Lebanon to leave ‘as soon as possible’

After a Lebanese government official claimed that Saudi Arabia is holding Lebanon’s outgoing prime minister against his will, the kingdom ordered its citizens in Lebanon to leave immediately. In recent days the tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran have increased immensely.

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Saudi Arabia ordered its citizens who are in Lebanon to leave the country immediately on Thursday evening. Earlier today, JOL reported that a senior Lebanese government official claimed that Lebanon’s outgoing prime minister, Saad Hariri, is being detained in Saudi Arabia illegally.

“Due to the situations in the Republic of Lebanon, the official source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the Saudi nationals visiting or residing in Lebanon are asked to leave the country as soon as possible,” the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported.

Saad Hariri and Saudi King Salman Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

A few days ago, Saudi Arabia accused Iran of carrying out a “hostile takeover” of the Lebanese government via its proxy force Hezbollah. On Saturday, Hariri suddenly announced his resignation while in Saudi Arabia. During his announcement, Hariri criticized Iran and Hezbollah and said that he fears for his life.

Yesterday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani slammed the kingdom, claiming that it is meddling in the affairs of other countries in the Middle East and abusing the Yemeni people. Rouhani also said that Saudi Arabia made a “strategic mistake” by choosing to recognize the US and Israel as friends while considering Tehran an enemy, according to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ official news agency.

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