Saudi Foreign Minister, Adel al-Jubeir, dismissed on Thursday allegations that Lebanese Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, was staying in Saudi Arabia under house arrest.

"Hariri is staying in the KSA upon his will. His return to Lebanon depends on a personal decision on his part and of course on an overall assessment of the security situation," al-Jubeir said during a joint press conference he held earlier on Thursday in Riyadh with his French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian.

Moreover, the Saudi Minister described his meetings with Le Drian as positive and fruitful.

"We discussed Iran's interference and the regional situation in general," the Saudi official said, voicing appreciation for France's refusal to target Riyadh with Iranian missiles.

He went on to say that there was an international consensus that "Hezbollah is a terrorist organization and that the party must respect the Taef agreement and be disarmed."

"Hezbollah is the cause of the crisis in Lebanon. We must find ways to deal with Hezbollah which has been acting as Iran's proxy in the region," the Saudi Foreign Minister added.

For his part, the French Foreign Minister said that his visit to the KSA was part of a historic partnership between France and Saudi Arabia.

"The French-Saudi views are similar regarding all the regional issues."

Furthermore, Le Drian said that talks with his Saudi counterpart had featured high on the Lebanese dossier.

"We will meet with Prime Minister Saad Hariri today. He has accepted our invitation to France and he will visit France with his family whenever he sees fit," the French Minister said, confirming that France will welcome Hariri as a "friend".

On another level, Le Drian hailed the Saudi-led coalition's important steps facilitating relief work in Yemen.

"We have won the war against Daesh, but we still have to win the battle for peace," he added.

He went on to express France's concern about Iran's interferences and hegemonic tendencies in the region, voicing as well France's concern about the danger of Iran's ballistic missile programs.

Source: National News Agency

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