Hariri to visit Egypt, expected return to Lebanon on Wednesday

22 November, 2017, 00:23 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • PM Hariri back in Lebanon after shock resignation

His surprise resignation in an announcement from Riyadh has sparked a political crisis in Lebanon as part of a regional power struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Hariri and Sisi agreed on the necessity for Lebanon to be disassociated from any regional issues and the Lebanese outgoing prime minister praised Sisi for his keenness on maintaining Lebanon's stability, according to Hariri's remarks following the meeting.

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.

PM Netanyahu meets French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.

He also said in his resignation televised speech from Riyadh that he learned of an assassination plot against him in Lebanon.


Saad Hariri had unexpectedly resigned as Prime Minister from Saudi Arabia resulting in a political crisis in the region.

"Lebanese politics has always been defined by competition and cooperation between sects", said Faysal Itani, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East.

Lebanon's President Michel Aoun on Tuesday told Arab states that dealing with Lebanon required wisdom otherwise the country would be pushed "towards the fire".

The Lebanese president has yet to accept Hariri's resignation, who is expected in Beirut on Wednesday for the celebration of National Day.

Egypt's presidency said Aoun, a Hezbollah ally, also spoke with Sisi to discuss developments.

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