Thursday, November 16, 2017

Saad Hariri Accepts Exile in France? Or Not?

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"Lebanon's Saad Hariri is seeking exile in France after being detained in Saudi Arabia. Hariri resigned from his post as prime minister unexpectedly last week. Lebanon's President Michel Aoun accused Saudi of detaining Hariri against his will. Saudi denied keeping Hariri captive or forcing him to resign"

Free to Leave Saudi Arabia “when he pleases”
Not a prisoner?

"But Al-Jubeir told reporters in Riyadh that Hariri was free to leave "when he pleases".

“Al-Hariri lives in the Kingdom by his own will and he resigned; regarding his return to Lebanon, it is up to him and his assessment to the security situation (in Lebanon)", Jubeir told a joint news conference with French Foreign Minister Jean Yves Le Drian"

 Hariri Meeting Macron in France
Hariri and Lebanon's Former Colonial Leadership...

"The Elysée Palace says Lebanon’s recently-resigned prime minister will meet French President Emmanuel Macron during his scheduled trip to Paris this weekend (November 18).

Saad Hariri accepted the invitation after meeting French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Saudi Arabia, where he has remained since announcing he was stepping down.

French officials say they don’t know how long Hariri will stay, but he is said to be returning to Beirut after the trip. Once back, Hariri is expected to hand in his resignation in person – President Michel Aoun has otherwise refused to accept it."

11 comments:

  1. Refugees flood from Zimbabwe
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/jul/01/zimbabwe.southafrica
    Replay?

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  2. http://m.naharnet.com/stories/en/27362-hariri-breaks-leg-while-skiing-in-french-alps

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  3. WTF is going on here?

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  4. Attempts being made to intimidate Lebanon, prevent shelf gas contract with Russia - foreign minister
    Hariri calls on Russia to support Lebanese Army
    http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2017/Sep-12/419050-hariri-calls-for-cooperation-with-russia.ashx

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    1. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-19/lebanon-passes-oil-tax-law-ahead-of-first-energy-rights-auction

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    2. thanks for the information & the comments!

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  5. The same forces that sparked the war in Syria and are sponsoring terrorists in the Middle East are trying to destabilize the situation in Lebanon, Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said.

    "The same forces that sparked the war in Syria, those who nurture terrorists, they are now trying to do harm to Lebanon," Bassil told Interfax on Friday.

    The minister said he "would not name specific countries."

    Destabilization of the situation in his country may influence the entire Middle East, as well as Russia, the Lebanese foreign minister said.


    Gebran Bassil former energy minister who has spoken in defense of Lebanese enegry rights.

    https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/10/10/russian-rosneft-buys-30-eni-stake-zohr-gas-field/

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  6. Lebanon Set to Join East Mediterranean Race for Oil . Three years ago, former Energy Minister Gebran Bassil said seismic surveys showed the country could hold at least 96 trillion cubic feet of gas and 850 million barrels of oil. Exxon Mobil Corp. and Eni SpA are among companies qualified to bid to explore off the country’s coast.
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-04/lebanon-set-to-join-race-in-exploration-for-offshore-oil-and-gas

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    1. I had seen the news the other day regarding Lebanon readying for auctions also...
      Years ago I did a three part post on the mediterranean race for energy.. wonder if Lebanon got a mention?
      I've certainly covered on at least one ocassion the fact that Israel positively covets the resources as well as the ones held by Palestinians in the coastal waters

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  7. https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/04/lebanon-ain-al-hilweh-palestinian-camp-jihadist-nucleus.html

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  8. From Cyprus ports to Syria offshore to Egypt Offshore to Libya offshore to Kurdish offtake: Rosneft

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-hezbollah-war-is-inevitable-sure-to-be-devastating-defense-experts/

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