Bahrain Orders Citizens to 'Immediately' Leave Lebanon After Prime Minister's Surprise Resignation

Bahrain Orders Citizens to 'Immediately' Leave Lebanon After Prime Minister's Surprise Resignation

Speaking to the Lebanese television channel LBC, Sabhan said Hariri is completely free to return to Lebanon, adding, however: "We do not want explosions and destruction to happen again in the Hariri family".

The Lebanese economy and pound are not in danger following the resignation of Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri on Saturday, Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil told Reuters.

"It is clear that the resignation was a Saudi decision that was imposed on Prime Minister Hariri".

In a televised address from Saudi Arabia, Hariri criticized Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah, accusing Tehran of planting "sedition" and meddling in Arab affairs.

It says Bahraini citizens are banned from traveling to Lebanon, as well.

"We are living in a climate similar to the atmosphere that prevailed before the assassination of martyr Rafik al-Hariri", his father, who was killed in a auto bomb incident in 2005 that many believe Hezbollah was involved in".

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was concerned by Hariri's resignation and hoped all sides in the country would back its state institutions, his spokesman on Lebanon Stephane Dujarric said in an emailed statement.

According to the source, with their inappropriate demands, Hariri and the Saudis expected Iran to leave alone the Yemenis to their fate "but after receiving Iran's negative response, the Saudis called back Hariri and urged him to resign".

"We can not but be sad over Lebanon's situation due to Hezbollah. These are legitimate concerns", he said, referring to a purge of princes, ministers and businessmen in Saudi Arabia in an anti-corruption operation.

Assad and his Iranian-supported allies are now firmly in command of the war in Syria, in a humiliation to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf.

In Lebanon's sectarian system the president must be a Maronite Catholic, the prime minister a Sunni and the speaker of parliament a Shi'ite.

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