Sunday 25 August 2019

Lebanon PM Hariri to visit ­Paris before returning home to resign

Lebanon's Saad al-Hariri. Photo: REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
Lebanon's Saad al-Hariri. Photo: REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Michael Matar

Lebanon's Saad al-Hariri is expected to leave Saudi Arabia for France within 48 hours, before flying home to Beirut to officially submit his resignation as Lebanese prime minister, a source close to him said last night.

Mr Hariri announced his resignation in a televised broadcast from Saudi Arabia on November 4, and has not yet returned to Lebanon.

He said on Wednesday he would return soon.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun tweeted yesterday that he hoped the country's political crisis was over following Hariri's acceptance of the French invitation.

"I await the return of PM Hariri to Beirut so we can decide on the situation of the government - if he wants to resign or rescind his resignation," Aoun said, according to sources.

French President Emmanuel Macron said that he had invited Hariri to France after speaking to him and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The invitation is to visit for a few days and is not an offer of political exile, Macron said.

Irish Independent

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