Saudi Arabia: 'I am a free man' — Hariri rebuffs house arrest rumours

SOT, reporter from Future TV (Arabic): «The presence of your family here, you can't really move, if the children are going to school.» SOT, Sa'ad al-Hariri, Former Prime Minster of Lebanon (Arabic): «I have a family. I saw what happened to me when my father was assassinated. I don't want my children to go through the same thing. If you please, you should allow me to take precautions to secure... Еще myself. I am not talking about weeks; I am not talking about months. It is a matter of days, until I return to Lebanon. This matter is settled for me.» *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE* Former Lebanese Prime Minister Sa'ad al-Hariri said that he was a «free man» in Saudi Arabia, speaking in an interview from Riyadh, Sunday. «If I want to travel tomorrow, I will travel,» Hariri said, denying rumours that he has been on house arrest since he filed his resignation from Riyadh on 4 November. The former Prime Minister went on to assert, « I did file my resignation. I realise it is not the regular way a Prime Minister would do,» before adding, «But I also had to carry out some security measures for my own security so that I can return safely.» When asked by the reporter whether he wrote his resignation himself, Hariri responded, «Yes.» On the expected date of his return to Lebanon, Hariri said that «it is a matter of days. On 4 November, Hariri announced his resignation in an unexpected declaration made from Saudi Arabia, citing an alleged plot to assassinate him. He has since been surrounded with rumours that he was held against his will in Riyadh. On Thursday, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait urged their citizens to stay out of Lebanon.

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