Hariri's office: Lebanon's Hariri to visit Egypt on Tuesday

Arab League foreign ministers held an emergency meeting in Cairo, requested by Saudi Arabia, to discuss ways to confront Iran and Hezbollah over their role in the region.

By REUTERS
November 19, 2017 22:15
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud shakes hands with former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri during their meeting in Riyadh. (photo credit: SAUDI PRESS AGENCY/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS)

 
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Saad Hariri, who announced his resignation as Lebanese prime minister in a televised broadcast from Saudi Arabia on November 4, will visit Egypt on Tuesday to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Hariri's office said on Sunday.

Hariri has since Saturday been in Paris, where he met French President Emmanuel Macron, and has said he will return to Lebanon by Wednesday for its Independence Day celebrations.

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Lebanese President Michel Aoun has said he will not accept Hariri's resignation until it is delivered in person and all sides in Beirut have called for his speedy return.

A leader in Hariri's Future Movement had earlier told Reuters Hariri would visit Egypt on Monday.

The resignation sparked a political crisis in Lebanon and put it on the front line of a regional power struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu comments on the resignation of Said Hariri (REUTERS)

Hariri criticized Iran and its ally Hezbollah, which is in Lebanon's coalition government, in his resignation statement, and said he feared assassination. Apart from a brief trip to Abu Dhabi, he remained in Saudi Arabia until he flew to France.

His stay in the kingdom led to accusations from Lebanese officials and politicians that Saudi Arabia had coerced him to resign, which he and Riyadh denied.

On Friday, Hariri tweeted that his presence there was for "consultations on the future of the situation in Lebanon and its relations with the surrounding Arab region."

On Sunday, Arab League foreign ministers held an emergency meeting in Cairo, requested by Saudi Arabia, to discuss ways to confront Iran and Hezbollah over their role in the region.

In a statement afterwards, the ministers accused Hezbollah of supporting terrorism in Arab countries.

Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil did not attend.

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