Hariri to visit Egypt, expected return to Lebanon on Wednesday


Lebanon's Saad al-Hariri arrived in Cyprus for a meeting with its president on Tuesday, Hariri said on his Twitter feed, ahead of his expected return to Beirut to take part in independence day celebrations on Wednesday.

"Lebanon is being shaken so it's important Hariri comes to Paris for us to work with him on the best way out of the crisis", said a senior French diplomat.

A dual Saudi-Lebanese national with vast business interests in the kingdom, Hariri told reporters after talks with the Egyptian leader: "Inshallah (God willing), tomorrow's Independence Day in Lebanon will be a feast for all Lebanese". He also called on troops be on high alert along the border with Israel, to face any "threats or violations by the Israeli enemy".

Macron had leveraged France's close relations with both Lebanon and Saudi Arabia to secure a deal that saw Hariri travel to Paris and open the door to a resolution of the crisis. He accused Hezbollah of holding Lebanon hostage and hinted there was a plot against his life.

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Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has returned to Beirut more than two weeks after announcing while in Saudi Arabia that he had resigned his post.

Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi together with France's leader, Emmanuel Macron, is reportedly trying to mediate a solution that would involve rolling back Hariri's resignation.

Hariri's abrupt resignation and continued stay in Saudi Arabia has caused fears for Lebanon's stability.

Al-Akhbar noted that negotiations were held between Egypt on one hand and UAE and Saudi on the other in order to preserve the political settlement reached by all the Lebanese parties and supported by the Arab League, according to which PM Hariri keeps in his post.