(MENAFN) On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia denied statements made by French President Emmanuel Macron in which he claimed the Kingdom held Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri captive in November.
Saudi Press Agency quoted an unnamed official source as saying that the French president's remarks during his interview with French BFM TV channel were "untrue".
The source explained that the Kingdom "has been and continues to support Lebanon's stability and security as well as supporting Prime Minister Hariri by all means," adding that "all evidence confirms that the one destabilizing Lebanon and the region is Iran and its tools including Hezbollah which was involved in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, and the killing of French citizens in Lebanon".
"The Kingdom is looking forward to working with French President Macron to confront the forces of chaos and destruction in the region, especially Iran and its affiliates," the official said.
On 4 November, Hariri stated he was stepping down in a televised address from Riyadh, sparking concerns that he was being detained against his will., but after French mediation, however, he rescinded his resignation the following month and was named premier for a third term after Lebanon's first parliamentary polls in nine years.