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After Macron meeting, Hariri says will clarify position in Lebanon

22 November 2017, 12:51 | Colleen Roy

Saad al Hariri announced his resignation as Lebanese prime minister while in Saudi Arabia

Saad al Hariri announced his resignation as Lebanese prime minister while in Saudi Arabia

Referring to this month's sudden resignation of Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, Aoun said the "last governmental crisis" had "passed" but it was not a trivial issue.

Hariri declined to take questions, but is set to return to Beirut by Wednesday when Lebanon celebrates its independence day.

Hariri, a Sunni Muslim politician and longtime ally of Saudi Arabia, announced his resignation in a televised speech on November 4, shortly after landing in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

Hariri's abrupt resignation and continued stay in Saudi Arabia has caused fears for Lebanon's stability.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has visited the grave of his father, the late Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.




The political crisis drew mediation efforts from France, with President Emmanuel Macron inviting Hariri for talks in Paris on Saturday. A message on Hariri's Twitter account said the meeting would be followed by a dinner in his honor. His press office said he was traveling to Beirut.

Fireworks were heard in Beirut as Hariri supporters in mainly Sunni areas celebrated his impending return.

Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi together with France's leader, Emmanuel Macron, is reportedly trying to mediate a solution that would involve rolling back Hariri's resignation. The two leaders emphasized that preserving Lebanon's national unity and the country's national interests was a top priority, according to the statement.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has criticised the Arab League for supporting Saudi Arabia and its role in the war in Yemen. More celebrations are planned for Wednesday.



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