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Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri gives a speech during the opening ceremony of the second "Kuwait Financial Forum" in Kuwait City on 31 October 2010.

Saudi Arabia's Gulf Affairs Minister Thamer al-Sabhan said the personal security detail of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, who resigned on Saturday, had "confirmed information" of a plot to kill him.

There is "no danger to the economy or pound", Khalil said. "The resignation of al-Hariri and his comments on Iran are a wake-up call to the worldwide community to act against Iran, which is trying to turn Syria into a second Lebanon". Hariri cited threats on his life and Iran and its proxy Hezbollah's vast influence in Lebanon in his decision to resign.

Nasrallah said he would not comment on accusations levelled against Hezbollah by Hariri, describing his resignation announcement as a Saudi statement.

"It is clear that the resignation was a Saudi decision that was imposed on Prime Minister Hariri".

GCC member states banned travel to Lebanon in 2016 after Lebanon's Foreign Minister refused to condemn mob attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran. The nation was without a cohesive government and leadership for almost two years.

"Hariri hoped that he could convince Iran on the part of Saudi Arabian officials to stop its opposition to the inhumane policies of Riyadh towards Yemen including conducting airstrikes against the innocent women and children and imposing siege on the impoverished nation which is suffering from lack of food and medicines".

Under the power-sharing system that helped end Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war, the president must be a Christian, the premier a Sunni and the speaker of parliament a Shiite. Thamer al-Sabhan said in an interview with a Lebanese TV station on Saturday that there were "threats against the prime minister and the kingdom is keen for his security".


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