Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat on Wednesday urged against “declaring war” on Saudi Arabia, amid a political and diplomatic offensive led by President Michel Aoun and Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil demanding that Prime Minister Saad Hariri return home from the kingdom.
“What happened with Sheikh Saad Hariri was extraordinary and unusual, and in my opinion the efforts to address the situation should be calm and in accordance to norms,” Jumblat tweeted.
“Hariri will return as he confirmed, but No to declaring war on the kingdom,” Jumblat added.
Hariri will travel to France "in the coming days," a French presidential source said Wednesday, after Aoun accused Saudi Arabia of detaining him following his shock resignation.
International pressure has been mounting for Hariri to return to Beirut after his prolonged stay in the kingdom since he announced in a televised speech from Riyadh on November 4 that he would be stepping down.