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Hariri arrives in Cairo for meeting with Sisi

22 November, 2017, 00:36 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Lebanon's prime minister Saad Hariri returned to his home country late Tuesday on the eve of its independence day and after a nearly three-week absence dominated by his surprise resignation. AFP  Fadel Itani

He has said he will return to Lebanon by Wednesday for the country's Independence Day celebrations.

"President Macron updated Prime Minister Netanyahu with the measures he is taking in the crisis in Lebanon", the PMO said in a statement.

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who had fled from Saudi Arabia to France will arrive in Egypt on Tuesday, reported the local Lebanese media.

His father, late Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, was assassinated in 2005 and an global court is still investigating the tragedy.

Al-Hariri had announced his resignation in a televised broadcast from Saudi Arabia. Hariri is now in Paris, where he met French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday.




Hariri said he quit over interference in Lebanon by Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah militia group.

Hariri arrived in a private jet from Cyprus on Tuesday night, after meeting with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades.

Egypt tries to defuse Lebanon's political crisis created by Hariri's resignation, which has not yet been officially accepted by Lebanese President Michel Aoun.

Lebanon's Saad al-Hariri, who resigned as prime minister on November 4, has met Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for talks in a brief Cairo stopover before a planned return to Lebanon, Egypt state media said on Tuesday.

The two leaders affirmed "the importance of preserving stability in Lebanon as well as prioritising national interests", while pledging to continue intensive coordination and consultation on the situation.

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