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Hariri thanks Egypt for support

Tuesday 21/November/2017 - 10:38 PM
Sada El Balad
Ahmed Mohsin
Outgoing Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri extended his thanks for Egypt on Tuesday for continuous support.

Tuesday‘s remarks followed a meeting with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the Cairo palace، during which they discussed regional issues and latest developments in Lebanon.

"Our conversation with President Sisi was focused on the stability of Lebanon and the policy of distancing from regional crises and I thank Egypt for support،" Hariri said in remarks to the Lebanese daily Al-Diyar.

Hariri's visit to Cairo follows two weeks of deep uncertainty after he announced his resignation on November 4 in a speech from Saudi Arabia. He has said he will return to Lebanon by Wednesday.

A message on Hariri's Twitter account said he would meet and then dine with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi، who has sought to ease the tensions between Hariri's sponsors in Saudi Arabia and the powerful Lebanese Hezbollah and its Iranian patrons.

Sisi's office said he received a phone call from Lebanese President Michel Aoun in which they discussed "the importance of preserving Lebanon's stability and elevating Lebanon's national interests."

Speaking after talks in Paris on Saturday with French President Emmanuel Macron، who is also seeking to broker a way out of the crisis، Hariri said he would "make known my position" once back in Beirut.

Hariri has been in Paris since Saturday، where he met with French President Emmanuel Macron، and has said he will return to Lebanon by Wednesday.

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