Gulf citizens leave Lebanon over missing PM

AP
Published Nov 11, 2017, 1:21 am IST
Updated Nov 11, 2017, 7:35 am IST
President Aoun has refused to accept his resignation before he returns to the country.
Lebanon’s prime minister Saad Hariri
 Lebanon’s prime minister Saad Hariri

Beirut: Dozens of citizens from Gulf Arab countries began leaving Lebanon on Friday after their governments ordered them out of the Mediterranean country, as the president called for the return of Lebanon’s prime minister who mysteriously resigned from the Saudi capital last week. The manner in which Saad Hariri resigned — was “unacceptable,” a Lebanese official said , speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

This was conveyed by Lebanese President Michel Aoun to the Saudi charge d’affaires in Lebanon, Walid al-Bukhari, at the presidential palace on Friday, the official said. President Aoun has refused to accept his resignation before he returns to the country and explains the circumstances of his decision to step down, which effectively shattered a year-old coalition government in Lebanon.





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