U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he has serious concerns over escalating tensions between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon, and that it is essential to avert new conflict in the region. Hundreds of Gulf states citizens are leaving Beirut as quickly as they can, fearing the worst.
“It is a matter of great concern to us. What we want is for peace to be preserved in Lebanon, it is essential that no new conflict erupts in the region, it would have devastating consequences,” he warned.
Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri is in Saudi Arabia, from where he made his dramatic resignation prompted, say some, by foreign pressure. He claimed he was in fear of his life.
Hezbollah accused Saudi Arabia of declaring war on Lebanon and the Iran-backed group on Friday. He insisted the Saudis had twisted al-Hariri’s arm to quit and were detaining him to destabilise the country.