Prince Mohammad receives Macron in Riyadh.
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Saudi Arabia Thursday ramped up pressure on Lebanon to oust Hezbollah from the government amid mounting calls by various political parties, including the Future Movement, for the immediate return of Prime Minister Saad Hariri from Riyadh, less than a week after his surprise resignation sent shockwaves in the country and across the region.For the first time since Hariri announced his resignation from the premiership from Riyadh last week, unidentified Lebanese officials quoted by Reuters said that the prime minister was being held against his will in the kingdom and are seeking foreign pressure on Saudi Arabia to secure his return to Lebanon.The Saudi escalation against Lebanon coincided with increasing demands by various political parties for Hariri's return to Lebanon.The Future Movement's parliamentary bloc called for the immediate return of Hariri to Lebanon, in what was viewed as reflecting the bloc's growing concern over the prime minister's whereabouts.In Riyadh, Hariri met Thursday with French Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Francois Gouyette a statement from the premier's media office said.
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