Saad Hariri Arrives in Cairo to Address Crisis in Lebanon

Laura Christensen
November 22, 2017

Hariri, who arrived at his residence in Paris in the early hours of the morning, told Aoun in a phone call from Paris that he would be in Lebanon on Wednesday for the celebrations, the Lebanese president said on Twitter.

Hariri went immediately to the presidential palace, it said.

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

President Michel Aoun is meanwhile "exerting all efforts possible to relaunch the political and constitutional process in the country, leading serious negotiations away from the media spotlight to create a climate that would keep Hariri in his post", al-Akhbar reported.

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"What the Egyptians and French need to do is to convince Mohammed bin Salman" to spare Lebanon a political crisis, he said, alluding to widespread suspicions that the Saudi crown prince, King Salman's son, was behind Hariri's resignation as part of the kingdom's conflict with Shiite and non-Arab Iran.

Hariri arrived at Cairo Cairo International Airport at 6:30 pm (local time), where he was greeted by Egyptian Health Minister Ahmed Emad Edin, Lebanon Ambassador in Cairo, Antoine Azzam, and Egypt Beirut Ambassador Nazih Naggari.

Hariri left Paris this morning and visited Egypt where he held talks with President Abdel Fatah Sissi, then visited Cyprus in an unexpected visit and held talks with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades. Saudi Arabia and Hariri say his movements are not restricted. Hariri's government, a power-sharing coalition formed a year ago, includes Hezbollah. That was met by a rebuke in Tehran.

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