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Saudi Crown Prince says jokingly: Don’t say Lebanon’s PM Hariri is kidnapped

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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman eased the air of formality with a sense of humor when he pointed out that Lebanon’s designate Prime Minister who was sitting next to him was scheduled to stay in Riyadh for another two more days, adding: “I hope no rumors will spread that he is being kidnapped.”

The joke comes as a jab to previous claims when the Lebanese premier submitted his resignation from his post in November, 2017, while he was on a family and business visit to the Saudi capital, while rumors said he was forced to do so by the Saudi government.

The Crown Prince made the joke during his appearance on the second day of the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh, in the presence of Hariri, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Bahrain Crown Prince Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

As for his vision for the future of the Middle East, Saudi Crown Prince said: “If we look at the Middle East, the countries that work well are oil-dependent. But a man came in the nineties gave us a model saying that we can offer more ... Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid,” in recognition of Dubai’s ruler vision which became a reality.