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  Exclusive: How Saudi Arabia turned on Lebanon's Hariri
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Nov 11, 2017 09:21pm
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AuthorSamia Nakhoul, Laila Bassam, Tom Perry
MediaNews Service - Reuters
News DateSaturday, November 11, 2017 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionBEIRUT (Reuters) - From the moment Saad al-Hariri’s plane touched down in Saudi Arabia on Friday Nov. 3, he was in for a surprise.

There was no line-up of Saudi princes or ministry officials, as would typically greet a prime minister on an official visit to King Salman, senior sources close to Hariri and top Lebanese political and security officials said. His phone was confiscated, and the next day he was forced to resign as prime minister in a statement broadcast by a Saudi-owned TV channel.

The move thrust Lebanon back to the forefront of a struggle that is reshaping the Middle East, between the conservative Sunni monarchy of Saudi Arabia and Shi‘ite revolutionary Iran.
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