Hariri says to return to Lebanon in next two days

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Publish Date: 19:59 - 14 November 2017
TEHRAN, November 14 - Saad al-Hariri will return to Lebanon from Saudi Arabia within two days, he said on Tuesday, 10 days after his shock resignation as prime minister in a broadcast from Riyadh.

Hariri says to return to Lebanon in next two daysTEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - Writing on Twitter, Hariri said he was well and that his family was staying in Saudi Arabia.

His abrupt resignation on Nov. 4 sent Lebanon spinning into political crisis.

Top Lebanese officials and politicians close to Hariri have said Saudi Arabia coerced him to resign, dictated his statement and have held him under house arrest.

Riyadh and Hariri have both denied that. Hariri is a political ally of Riyadh and holds Saudi nationality.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun has said he will not accept Hariri’s resignation until he returns to Beirut to formally submit it. Analysts say that when Hariri does so, members of parliament will nominate him to serve as prime minister once again, and Aoun will ask him to form a new government.

That would open the door to a long period of political talks like those which preceded the formation of the national unity government that made Hariri prime minister a year ago.

Hariri is expected to call on Aoun to convene high-political dialogue on key issues facing Lebanon, chiefly on reaffirming the tiny country’s policy of staying out of regional conflicts.

Source: Reuters

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