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Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri Vows to Return to Beirut ‘Very Soon’

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri is vowing to return to Beirut “very soon,” adding in a TV interview that he is “free” in Saudi Arabia, where he recently announced his resignation. Lebanese officials have said the resignation is not valid until he returns to the country. Lebanon’s president has said Saudi Arabia is holding Hariri against his will. Hariri said he wanted to quit because of the growing influence of the Iran-backed Hezbollah militant group inside Lebanon, adding he was concerned for his personal safety.