Officials close to him told the New York Times that he was under heavy duress from the Saudi Arabian government, particularly Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, when he made that announcement.Mohammed bin Salman allegedly subjected Hariri to demeaning pressure and pre-wrote his resignation speech, which blamed Iran for the departure.The pop star tweeted: 'I was shocked to learn that a female journalist has lodged a complaint against me at the Syndicate in objection to the shorts I wore.'Has it become intentional [to jeopardize me] after every successful performance in Egypt?

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The officials also hoped that the action would spark a regional crisis, according to the Times.

After facing backlash from Lebanon and Western governments Saudi Arabia finally allowed Hariri to return home, where he quickly withdrew his resignation.

He is pictured on a blow-up portrait with his father, Rafik al-Hariri, who was also Lebanon's Prime Minister And Jared Kushner, the senior Trump adviser and president's son-in-law, has a notably close relationship with Mohammed bin Salman.

Ivanka Trump is pictured with Saudi officials during their visit in May A Saudi official told the times that Hariri was 'treated with utmost respect,' and Hariri hasn't responded to requests for comment.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri was heavily pressured into resigning in early November by members of the Saudi Arabian government, according to a new report.

Hariri announced his resignation on November 4 suddenly while visiting Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.Hariri followed in his father's footsteps in becoming prime minister and has strong ties to Saudi Arabia.His father was former Prime Minister Rafik Harari, and was killed in 2005.'She also claimed to have been summoned by the syndicate, though a spokesman for the organisation denied this while speaking to Al Arabiya.The spokesman said the organisation has taken no step to ban her and will not require her to appear in person.Please add a one-time donation to help fund our most urgent campaigns to fight discrimination and expand LGBTQ rights.