The official said Hariri was still Lebanon's prime minister.'Keeping Hariri with restricted freedom in Riyadh is an attack on Lebanese sovereignty. We will work with (foreign) states to return him to Beirut.' Saad Hariri declared his surprise resignation on Saturday from Riyadh which fuelled beliefs he was coerced into standing down against his will.Here he is pictured Monday with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia and Hariri aides have denied reports that he is under house arrest, but he has put out no statements himself denying his movements are being restricted.
Saad Hariri declared his surprise resignation on Saturday from Riyadh which fuelled beliefs he was coerced into standing down against his will.Saudi Arabia says the Iran-backed group Hezbollah had 'hijacked' the political system in Lebanon.In his resignation speech, Hariri attacked Iran and Hezbollah for sowing strife in Arab states and said he feared assassination.The Sunni leader had been sharing power with the Shiite militant movement Hezbollah in hard-won national unity government, but the arrangement had come under increasing fire from Saudi Arabia.Iran and Saudi Arabia are locked in a power struggle for influence in Lebanon and France has close historical ties to the Middle Eastern country, which was once its colony.