Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has left Saudi Arabia for France, a TV channel owned by his family says.

Mr Hariri earlier denied claims he was being held hostage in the Gulf kingdom, tweeting that it “is a lie”.

Mr Hariri resigned unexpectedly during a visit to Riyadh on the 4th of November – but his resignation has not been accepted.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has recalled its envoy to Berlin over comments by Germany’s foreign minister suggesting Mr Hariri was held against his will.

Sigmar Gabriel made the remarks during a press conference with his Lebanese counterpart.

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