Lebanese PM Saad Hariri returns to Beirut

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced that he has put his resignation on hold

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced that he has put his resignation on hold

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri arrived in Beirut Tuesday evening after his sudden resignation in a televised statement he read from the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh on November 4.

He arrived in Lebanon from Cyprus on Tuesday night, after meeting with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades.

"As you know I have resigned and we will talk about this matter in Lebanon", Hariri said. He said that he will celebrate Lebanon's Independence Day on Wednesday, adding he would clarify his political position when he returns to Lebanon.

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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.

On Saturday, Mr Hariri flew to Paris where he met French President Emmanuel Macron, who has been trying to broker a way out of the stalemate. Coinciding with the arrest of senior royals and businessmen in Saudi Arabia, the resignation raised questions about whether the 47-year-old had been coerced into quitting.

Al-Hariri left Cairo for Beirut shortly after the meeting.

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That was evident since the outbreak of the Lebanese crisis over the last week with a surprise visit to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, followed by a flurry of calls, sending his foreign minister to Saudi Arabia and then the invitation to Hariri, which caught many diplomats unawares.

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Responding to Riyadh's escalation against Iran and Hezbollah, el-Sissi earlier this month said the region already was so fraught with tension and instability that it did not need a new crisis.

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