Hariri Expected to Announce Stance on Hezbollah in TV Interview from Saudi

Published November 12th, 2017 - 03:21 GMT
Hariri had announced his resignation on Nov. 4 in a surprising and pre-recorded statement from Saudi Arabia (AFP/File)
Hariri had announced his resignation on Nov. 4 in a surprising and pre-recorded statement from Saudi Arabia (AFP/File)

 

  • Saad Hariri will appear in a TV interview from Saudi Arabia, talk show hostess Paula Yacoubian confirmed Sunday
  • It is unclear whether the interview will be aired tonight or not
  • Future TV's crew will reportedly be banned by Saudi from accompanying the hostess
  • Hariri is expected to announce stances on Hezbollah and to announce that he is staying in Saudi Arabia over security concerns

 

Prime Minister Saad Hariri will appear in a TV interview in the coming hours, talk show hostess Paula Yacoubian confirmed on Sunday.

“I was on my way to Abu Dhabi on a private work trip not related to journalism and when I arrived I learned that PM Hariri had tried to contact me. I called him back and he told me, ‘You’ve been seeking an interview for some time now. You can come now,’” Yacoubian of Hariri’s Future TV told An-Nahar newspaper.

“I said sure and this is how it happened,” she added.

The talk show hostess, who was readying to travel to Saudi Arabia on Sunday, added: “I will carry out an exclusive interview with the premier on Future TV and it seems that all television networks will broadcast it. I cannot confirm whether it will be aired tonight or not, but I will head to Riyadh today with the show’s crew to conduct it.”

Al-Jadeed television meanwhile reported that “Saudi authorities have not allowed Future TV’s crew to accompany Yacoubian.”

MTV had earlier reported that Hariri will not appear on Future TV on Sunday but rather “in the next two days.”

 

 

An-Nahar said Hariri is expected to announce stances on Hezbollah and to announce that he is staying in Saudi Arabia over security concerns.

Hariri had announced his resignation on Nov. 4 in a surprising and pre-recorded statement from Saudi Arabia.

In a haltingly delivered address, Hariri accused Iran of meddling in Arab affairs and Iran-backed Hezbollah of holding Lebanon hostage. He also said he feared for his life.

In his absence, Lebanon has been awash with speculation the prime minister may be held against his will in Saudi Arabia. Saudi officials have denied Hariri is under house arrest.

President Michel Aoun has urged Saudi Arabia to explain why Hariri had not returned to Beirut since his surprise resignation, while Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has openly accused the kingdom of "detaining" the premier.

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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