Saudi Arabia's Foreign Ministry denied French President Emmanuel Macron's claim that Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri was held captive in Riyadh last November, local media reported on Tuesday.
The official said that Macron's comments do not correspond to reality and called them "untrue," adding that his country would further support peace and stability in Lebanon.
His statement came just a day after the French president claimed credit for successfully mediating last year's political crisis in Lebanon, arguing that thanks to him, an escalation of the conflict was prevented.
A political crisis erupted in Lebanon following Hariri's shock resignation in November 2017 during his stay in Saudi Arabia. He remained in the Kingdom for two weeks, sparking speculations about him being held hostage, which further fueled tensions between Beirut and Riyadh.
In order to prevent an escalation of the conflict, French President Emmanuel Macron talked to Saudi leaders and invited the politician to Paris for talks, where he warned other countries in the region against meddling in Lebanon's affairs. After the negotiations were over, Hariri returned to Lebanon and revoked his resignation.