BEIRUT: Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun on Wednesday accused Saudi Arabia of having “detained” Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who announced his resignation in a statement from the kingdom earlier this month.

“Nothing justifies the failure of Prime Minister Saad Hariri to return for 12 days, therefore we consider him to be held and detained, contrary to the Vienna Convention,” Aoun said in a tweet on the official Lebanese presidency account.

Speculation has swirled about the circumstances of Hariri’s resignation since his surprise announcement on November 4, in a statement read on Saudi Arabia’s Al-Arabiya television station.

There have been rumours that the prime minister, who is a Saudi citizen and grew up in the kingdom, had been detained along with dozens of Saudis caught up in an arrest campaign that Riyadh says is part of its anti-corruption efforts.

Hariri, who has long been close to Saudi authorities, has sought to quell the rumours,…

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