The former Prime Minster of Lebanon has been forced to reiterate that he is not being held against his will in Saudi Arabia and will return to his home country.
Saad al-Hariri sent shockwaves across the region earlier this month when announced his resignation in a statement from Saudi Arabia.
Lebanon's President Michel Aoun said today that there was no reason Hariri to still be in Saudi Arabia, and that he therefore considered him 'held and detained'.
Hitting back: Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri said that he is free to leave Saudi Arabia whenever he likes, and is set to return to Lebanon 'in two or three days'
'Nothing justifies the failure of Prime Minister Saad Hariri to return for 12 days, therefore we consider him to be held and detained, contrary to the Vienna Convention,' Aoun said in a tweet on the official Lebanese presidency account.
However, Harari soon used the same medium to respond: 'I want to repeat and affirm that I am perfectly fine and I will return, god willing, to dear Lebanon as I promised you, you'll see,' he wrote on Twitter.
Meanwhile, Harari is set to meet French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian who is arriving in Riyadh today.
Le Drian is due to discuss Lebanon with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and meet Hariri on Thursday, but the timing could still change.
President Aoun has yet to formally accept Harari's resignation and insisted the premier has been 'restricted' in his movements.
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri shakes hands with Saudi Arabia's King Salman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on November 11
Hariri resigned as prime minister in a shock declaration read from Saudi Arabia, pitching Lebanon into deep political crisis and pushing the country back to the forefront of a regional struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
At the time, Hariri accused Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah of taking over his country and destabilising the broader region.
It led to speculation that he had been coerced to leave his post by Riyad and that he was under de-facto house arrest.
Harari refuted this in an interview Sunday, saying 'I am free here. If I want to travel tomorrow, I will,' Hariri said.
'I will return to Lebanon very soon,' Hariri said, adding later that he would land in Beirut 'in two or three days'.
In the interview with his party's own TV channel, Hariri, 47, repeated accusations that that Iran and Hezbollah are interfering in Lebanon.
'We cannot continue in Lebanon in a situation where Iran interferes in all Arab countries, and that there's a political faction that interferes alongside it.
'Maybe there's a regional conflict between Arab countries and Iran. We're a small country. Why put ourselves in the middle?'
Explaining himself: Lebanese watch an interview with resigned prime minister Saad Hariri at a coffee shop in Beirut
Wearing a suit and tie and with a Lebanese flag in the background, the former premier looked tired on Sunday and spoke softly but firmly throughout the interview.
Hariri, who also holds Saudi citizenship, said that he wrote his resignation himself and wanted to submit it in Lebanon, 'but there was danger'.
He also appeared to lay down an exit strategy, saying he would be willing to 'rescind the resignation' if intervention in regional conflicts stopped.
'We need to respect the disassociation policy,' Hariri said, referring to an agreement among Lebanese political factions that they would not interfere in Syria's six-year war.
He appeared to be alluding to Hezbollah's military intervention on behalf of the Syrian government, to which Hariri is opposed.
Harari, a two-time premier, cited fears for his life when he resigned from his post last week, less than a year after his unity government was formed with Hezbollah.
Lebanese have expressed concern that the move could thrust the country into a political and economic tailspin, as it remains unclear who could replace Hariri.
Western countries moved quickly to express their support for the premier, with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calling him a 'strong partner'.
A poster of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, hangs beside a roundabout in the northern Lebanese port city of Tripoli
Tillerson warned against any party 'using Lebanon as a venue for proxy conflicts or in any manner contributing to instability in that country'.
The Arab League said it would hold an extraordinary meeting next Sunday at the request of Saudi Arabia to discuss 'violations' by Iran in the region, according to a document shown to AFP by diplomats on Sunday.
Meanwhile, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves le Dria called for 'non-interference' in Lebanon,as he arrived for a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels today.
'For there to be a political solution in Lebanon, it is necessary that all of the political leaders have total freedom of movement and that non-interference is a fundamental principle.'
Hariri has spent the past week in a string of meetings with diplomats and Saudi officials in Riyadh, including an encounter with Saudi King Salman.
He left the kingdom once for a trip to Abu Dhabi.
In his interview on Sunday, Hariri said he has 'excellent' ties with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in an apparent effort to put to rest rumours that the Saudi crown prince had pressured him to step down.
'Really, I consider him a brother and he considers me a brother. It's an excellent and special relationship,' he said.
But he refused to comment on the internal political turmoil in Saudi Arabia, where dozens of high-profile politicians and businessmen have been arrested in what authorities say is an anti-graft drive.
Harari's father Rafik made his fortune in Saudi Arabia and also served as premier for years before he was assassinated in 2005.