- Created: Tuesday, 12 December 2017 11:47
- Written by Louis Brehony
President Hariri with Saudi strong man Prince Mohammed Bin Salman days before his 'resignation'
The forced resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Riyadh on 4 November, and its subsequent if temporary retraction on 22 November, reveals the developing rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Bankrolled by Saudi Arabia, Hariri’s leadership has proved incapable of suppressing the anti-imperialist and anti-Zionist movement of Hezbollah. Saudi Arabia and Israel, with the backing of President Trump, are determined to destroy Iranian influence; the imperialists want to maintain their domination of the region and its oil reserves. Louis Brehony reports.
Hariri’s resignation was broadcast on his own Future TV channel as reports were confirmed that he and his family were being held in detention. Although he said during the staged interview that he remained in Saudi Arabia in ‘complete freedom’, the Saudis refused to allow him to use his own film crew. He explained that, ‘I wanted to make a positive shock for the Lebanese people so the people know how dangerous is the situation we are in’ and blamed Hezbollah and Iran for rising regional tensions. Hariri remained in Riyadh for a further two weeks before flying to France on 18 November, finally returning to Lebanon on 22 November.