Lebanon's Hariri arrives in Beirut after resignation

Saad Hariri left returns to Beirut more than two weeks after announcing his resignation in Saudi Arabia

Saad Hariri left returns to Beirut more than two weeks after announcing his resignation in Saudi Arabia

Lebanon's former prime minister, Saad al-Hariri, is to hold talks with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi today before returning to Lebanon tomorrow.

Al-Hariri sparked a crisis in Lebanon when he abruptly announced his resignation as prime minister while in Riyadh on 4 November, raising fears about his country's stability.

Hariri's arrival in Cairo coincided with the arrival of the Egyptian president from a two-day visit to Cyprus where he attended a tripartite summit with Greece.

"As you know I have resigned and we will talk about this matter in Lebanon", Hariri said. According to sources cited by the DPA news agency, Hariri's spouse returned to Saudi Arabia to join two of their children who go to school there.

Mr Hariri said he would return to Lebanon tomorrow for the country's Independence Day celebrations.

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Okab Saqr, a member of parliament for Hariri's Future Movement, said after Hariri's visit to France he would have "a small Arab tour" before traveling to Beirut. Political power in Lebanon is divided among Christian, Shiite, and Sunni factions, with Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia and Shiite Tehran backing different groups.

The 47-year-old Hariri arrived to Beirut without his wife Lara al-Azm.

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Paris has intensified its rhetoric over Iran's regional activities. Iran responded by accusing France of taking sides and Macron on Friday said Iran should clarify its ballistic missile program.

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