Hariri says will clarify position on Lebanese crisis on his return to Beirut

Hariri said that after meeting French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris


Reuters November 18, 2017
French President Emmanuel Macron and Saad Hariri, who announced his resignation as Lebanon's prime minister while on a visit to Saudi Arabia, are pictured at the Elysee Palace in Paris. PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS: Lebanon's Saad Hariri said on Saturday that he would travel to Beirut in the coming days and announce his position on the crisis in his country after holding talks with President Michel Aoun.

"With regard to the political situation in Lebanon, I will go to Beirut in the coming days, I will participate in the independence celebrations, and it is there that I will make known my position on these subjects after meeting President Aoun," Hariri said after meeting French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.

Hariri to leave Saudi Arabia for France on Friday

Hariri resigned on November 4 in Saudi Arabia, blaming threats to his life and the “grip” of the powerful Iran-backed movement Hezbollah on the country.

His failure to return home afterwards led to speculation he was being detained by Saudi Arabia, which is locked in an increasingly tense battle for influence with Iran in the Middle East.

 

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