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"Case of Missing Lebanese Prime Minister Stirs Middle East Tensions"
Posted by: $tevie
Date: November 10, 2017 06:23PM
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When the Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri made a sudden trip abroad last week, it was taken at first to be a routine visit with his political patron, Saudi Arabia. But the next day, he unexpectedly announced his resignation by video from Riyadh, the Saudi capital.

He has yet to return to Lebanon.

On Friday, the Iranian-backed militia Hezbollah, part of his governing coalition at home, charged that the Saudis were holding him against his will, while the Saudis have said they were protecting him from an unspecified assassination plot.
[www.nytimes.com]

Steve G posted about some of this here: [forums.macresource.com]



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Re: "Case of Missing Lebanese Prime Minister Stirs Middle East Tensions"
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: November 10, 2017 07:31PM
and it gets stranger and more complex

US joins calls for PM’s return to Lebanon from Saudi Arabia
[apnews.com]

In a message apparently aimed at the Saudis but which could easily include Iran, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson cautioned against using Lebanon as “a venue for proxy conflicts.”

If Hariri wants to step down, Tillerson said, he needs to “go back to Lebanon” and formally resign, “so that the government of Lebanon can function properly.”
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But Tillerson said he’s seen “no indication” that Hariri was being held against his will. An official in French President Emmanuel Macron’s office also said Hariri has told foreign ambassadors in Saudi Arabia, where he has been since the resignation announcement, that he is not a prisoner. The French and U.S. ambassadors met with Hariri, who “says he is not a prisoner, the (Saudi crown) prince says he is not a prisoner,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.
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Re: "Case of Missing Lebanese Prime Minister Stirs Middle East Tensions"
Posted by: Ted King
Date: November 10, 2017 08:54PM
A quick primer on the region at the moment:

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Iran and Saudi Arabia have long been regional rivals, but tensions between the two have recently soared.Each has its own powerful allies, and enemies, in the region. Here is where the key players stand:

[www.bbc.com]
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Re: "Case of Missing Lebanese Prime Minister Stirs Middle East Tensions"
Posted by: max
Date: November 10, 2017 09:23PM
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Ted King
A quick primer on the region at the moment:

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Iran and Saudi Arabia have long been regional rivals, but tensions between the two have recently soared.Each has its own powerful allies, and enemies, in the region. Here is where the key players stand:

[www.bbc.com]
Yep, that should give you about 5% of information needed to comprehend the background for what is happening today...
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