Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir has again insisted Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri is "not being detained against his will" in Saudi Arabia, while accusing Iran and its Hezbollah proxy militia of trying to dominate Lebanon and meddling in Yemen and Bahrain.
Visiting French Foreign Minister Jean Yves Le Drian told reporters that he would meet the Lebanese prime minister and that Hariri was invited to travel to Paris.
The odd saga of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri's unusually long visit to Saudi Arabia coupled with his unexpected resignation last week took another unusual turn, after France made it clear Hariri is invited to Paris.
Le Drian paid a courtesy call to the Saudi capital, Riyadh, where he held a news conference with his Saudi counterpart, Adel Jubeir.
Le Drian says Hariri, whom he is expected to meet, has been invited to France, with his family, by President Macron, and he can travel to France, as soon as he would like, and be welcomed as a friend.
French President Emmanuel Macron, who was in Riyadh several days ago, repeated the offer while speaking earlier with French media.