After Macron meeting, Hariri says will clarify position in Lebanon

After Macron meeting, Hariri says will clarify position in Lebanon

After Macron meeting, Hariri says will clarify position in Lebanon

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.

"It was a 45-minute meeting which was requested earlier today through diplomatic channels", Cypriot government spokesman Nikos Christodoulides told Reuters of the meeting between Hariri and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades.

Hariri arrived at Cairo International Airport, where he was received by Egypt's health minister, the Lebanese ambassador to Cairo and Egypt's ambassador to Beirut, his press office said. Before Hariri travelled to Beirut, el-Sisi spoke on the phone with Lebanese President Michel Aoun, and the two leaders stressed the importance of preserving Lebanon's national unity. His failure to return to Lebanon since then had sparked rumors he was being held in Riyadh against his will, which both he and Saudi officials have since denied.

Hariri is now in Paris, where he met French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday. Saudi Arabia and Hariri say his movements are not restricted.

Saudi Arabia, Hariri's long-time political patron, is Iran's arch-foe in the region.

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

Hariri went immediately to the presidential palace, it said.

Egypt under el-Sissi, a general-turned-president in office since 2014, has forged close ties with the Saudis, who are his country's main Arab financial backer.

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