"His remarks [made in the Sunday night televised interview] raised a ray of hope that he might return to Lebanon and help restore calm to the Arab country".
The Lebanon president sought to smooth his inquiries with soft language, including reminding Riyadh of a "deep brotherly and friendly relations" between the two countries.
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Speaking on Sunday on Future TV, a station affiliated with his political party, Hariri said he was free in Saudi Arabia.
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En esta línea, recalcó que "como gobierno hemos instruido que las empresas públicas de transporte sean gratis el domingo". Los invitamos a eso, a ejercer su derecho ciudadano", acotó.
A picture of Lebanon's prime minister appeared this week on the front of a popular daily newspaper below the headline "The Hostage".
Hariri said Saudi Arabia wants Lebanon to stay clear of regional conflicts, and not to side with Iran. Then, when an earthquake was reported in Iraq and Iran, she referenced it, telling Hariri it was to make sure people believed the interview was live.
"But in a sense, his absence has been unifying".
He said withdrawing his resignation is conditional on Hezbollah, an Iranian proxy considered a terror group by Israel, committing to remaining neutral on regional conflicts.
Hariri's resignation, just 11 months after he took office, has plunged Lebanon into uncertainty, threatening the country's fragile political stability and raising concerns over an open-ended crisis. Organisers said more than 47,000 took part in the marathon.
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"We are all angry", said Fadi Abdullah, a shop owner in west Beirut, summing up the mood of the nation.
Hariri was appointed prime minister late last year.
Saudi Arabia has asked its citizens to leave Lebanon, and many Lebanese fear further economic sanctions or even military action against their country.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun (C) and Jordan's King Abdullah II (unseen) review the honor guard during an official welcome ceremony at Marka airport in Amman on February 14, 2017. "I think there is no doubt about that, he is caught in a very difficult situation".
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Tras la ceremonia de bienvenida, el obispo de Roma partirá a la Nunciatura, recinto en el cual se hospedará. Luego, sostendrá un encuentro con personas privadas de libertad del Centro Penitenciario Femenino.