Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri unexpectedly resigned Saturday during a trip to Saudi Arabia, saying his life was in danger, and creating a leadership vacuum in an already politically fractured country.
In a televised address from Riyadh, Hariri said he feared an assassination plot and accused Iran of meddling in the region, causing “devastation and chaos.”
“Iran controls the region and the decision-making in both Syria and Iraq,” he said.
“I want to tell Iran and its followers that it will lose in its interventions in the internal affairs of Arab countries.”
Iran dismissed the reports, accusing the United States and Saudi Arabia of orchestrating the resignation.
“Hariri’s resignation was coordinated with US President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia’s Mohammad bin Salman,” Iranian Foreign Ministry official Hossein Sheikholeslam told the semiofficial Fars News Agency.