How Hariri fell and survived: The story of his resignation from Saudi Arabia

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Beirut: Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri was summoned at 8.30am to the Saudi royal offices – unseemly early, by the kingdom’s standards – on the second day of a visit that was already far from what he had expected.

Hariri, long an ally of the Saudis, dressed that morning in jeans and a T-shirt, thinking he was going camping in the desert with the crown prince, Mohammed bin…

Rest 3cBut instead he was stripped of his mobile phones, separated from all but one of his usual cluster of bodyguards, and shoved and insulted by Saudi security officers.

Then came the…

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