Saad Hariri returns to Lebanon after shock resignation

Jerome Frank
November 22, 2017

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.

"As you know I have resigned and we will talk about this matter in Lebanon", Hariri said.

Mr Hariri abruptly announced he was resigning during a trip to Saudi Arabia on 4 November.

While in France, Mr Hariri vowed to return to Lebanon to take part in independence celebrations on Wednesday, adding: "It is there that I will make known my position. after meeting President Aoun".

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.

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Policies by the young Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman risk destabilising the region, Straw said at a conference on Saudi Arabia hosted by Middle East Monitor on Saturday.

All sides in Beirut have called for his speedy return.

But despite the moves, dubbed as nothing more than a hollow "PR stunt" by analysts and campaigners, including Saudi Madawi al-Rasheed, MbS has failed to shake off criticism for spearheading a Saudi war on Yemen's Houthis that has left more than 10,000 dead. Aoun, a Christian, is a political ally of Hezbollah.

Mr Hariri caused a political crisis when he quit during a visit to Riyadh. Hariri's government, a power-sharing coalition formed past year, includes Hezbollah.

Paris has intensified its rhetoric over Iran's regional activities. That was met by a rebuke in Tehran.

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