Egypt's Sisi meets Lebanese PM Hariri in Cairo

Kristopher Drake
November 22, 2017

Saad al-Hariri, who resigned as Lebanon's prime minister this month while in Saudi Arabia, said on Saturday he would clarify his position when he returns to Beirut next week.

Mr Hariri stopped off briefly in Egypt and Cyprus on his way back to Beirut on Tuesday.

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.

Sisi's office said he received a phone call from Lebanese President Michel Aoun in which they discussed "the importance of preserving Lebanon's stability and elevating Lebanon's national interests".

Hariri is now in Paris, where he met French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday.

Hariri went immediately to the presidential palace, it said. Saudi Arabia and Hariri say his movements are not restricted. Aoun, a Christian, is a political ally of Hezbollah.

But despite the moves, dubbed as nothing more than a hollow "PR stunt" by analysts and campaigners, including Saudi Madawi al-Rasheed, MbS has failed to shake off criticism for spearheading a Saudi war on Yemen's Houthis that has left more than 10,000 dead.

After praying at the grave, Hariri retired to his home in central Beirut.

He denied speculation that Saudi Arabia had forced him to quit as part of a regional power struggle with Iran. But he also renewed his pledge to come to the rescue of Gulf Arab allies and benefactors if their security was directly threatened.

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