No evidence Saudi Arabia detaining Hariri: Germany

Posters depicting Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri are seen in Beirut
Posters depicting Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, who has resigned from his post, are seen in Beirut, Lebanon, November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

November 10, 2017

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany has no evidence that Saad al-Hariri is being held against his will by Saudi Arabia and believes that the Lebanese prime minister who resigned last week enjoys freedom of movement, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said on Friday.

“We have no evidence that Hariri is being detained in Riyadh and we assume that he chooses where he goes,” the spokeswoman said during a regular government news conference.

A government spokesman said Germany shared Saudi Arabia’s concerns about Iran’s interference in Yemen and its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the Lebanese group Hezbollah.

(Reporting by Tom Koerkemeier; Writing by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Alison Williams)