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Hariri arrives in Lebanon after resignation

Tuesday 21/November/2017 - 11:57 PM
Sada El Balad
Ahmed Mohsin
The outgoing Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri arrived in Beirut late Tuesday after a brief visit to Egypt during which he met with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and discussed the latest developments in the region and Lebanon.

Al-Hariri thanked Egypt and President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi for his support for Lebanon and stability. He said he would participate in the Lebanese celebrations on Independence Day.

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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