World Lebanon's PM says he will return in next 2 days

22:26  14 november  2017
22:26  14 november  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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Lebanese PM ’s movement ‘restricted’ in Saudi Arabia, says president. Lebanon ’ s Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who plunged the country into crisis with his surprise resignation during a trip to Saudi Arabia, says he will return home in the next two days .

"They would move from a situation of being accepted and absorbed by the Lebanese society to a situation where they will no more tolerate their conditions," he said , without elaborating. 1 dead, 2 injured after tree falls on car in Renton. 5. Lebanon ' s PM says he will return in next 2 days .

A poster of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri is seen on a giant billboard that reads in Arabic © Joseph Eid, AFP, Getty Images A poster of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri is seen on a giant billboard that reads in Arabic "Your dignity is Lebanon's dignity" north of Beirut on Tuesday. BEIRUT — Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who plunged the country into crisis with his surprise resignation during a trip to Saudi Arabia, said in a tweet Tuesday that he will return home in the next two days but that his family will remain in the kingdom.

Lebanon's foreign minister, meanwhile, said during a trip to Paris that his country may resort international law to determine Hariri's condition, suggesting he is being held against his will, if he doesn't return to Lebanon.

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Lebanon ' s Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who plunged the country into crisis with his surprise resignation during a trip to Saudi Arabia, says he will return home in the next two days . Nov. 14, 2017, at 1:03 p . m .

It was Hariri's first personal tweet since he announced his resignation on Nov. 4 in a pre-recorded message during a trip to Saudi Arabia. Previous tweets since his resignation consisted of official pictures and press releases.

"People, I am fine. And God willing I will come back in two days. Can we chill?" Hariri wrote.

His surprise resignation and then his scarce communication led many Lebanese to speculate that he was being held against his will and stripped of his phone despite Saudi denials. A live interview Sunday with a Lebanese TV station affiliated with his political party did little to dispel such fears.

On Tuesday, Hariri met with the Lebanese Maronite Patriarch, who visited Saudi Arabia, the first publicized meeting with a Lebanese official. But there were no TV cameras allowed into the meeting and only photos of the encounter were released.

Lebanon's PM Hariri says he will be in Beirut within days

  Lebanon's PM Hariri says he will be in Beirut within days Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri said he will return home in the coming days from where he will declare a political stance for the first time since making a strange resignation announcement from Saudi Arabia that unleashed fears of a crisis in Lebanon. Hariri and his family met Saturday with French President Emmanuel Macron, who invited the Lebanese leader to Paris to dispel fears that he was being held in Saudi Arabia against his will. Macron is seeking to calm tensions and avert a proxy conflict between Saudi-backed and Iranian-backed camps in Lebanon.

Lebanon ' s Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who plunged the country into crisis with his surprise resignation during a trip to Saudi Arabia, says he will return home in the next two days .

Lebanon ' s Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who plunged the country into crisis with his surprise resignation during a trip to Saudi Arabia, said in a tweet Tuesday that will return home in the next two days but that his family will remain in the kingdom. Lebanon ' s foreign

President Michel Aoun has refused to accept Hariri's resignation and urged him to come home. Hezbollah and other rivals have suggested that Hariri's Saudi patrons forced him to resign to wreck the coalition government. The coalition government includes the Iran-backed Hezbollah.

Speaking from Paris, Lebanon's foreign minister said he hoped to resolve the "ambiguous" Hariri situation with Saudi Arabia. Gibran Bassil, who is on a European tour aimed at rallying support for his country's stability, said if Hariri doesn't return, then it will prove he is not free.

"We hope Lebanon doesn't have to resort to international law," Bassil said.

The resignation came amid mounting tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Hariri lashed out at Hezbollah in his resignation speech and said he feared for his safety. Saudi Arabia has accused Hezbollah of declaring war on the kingdom by supporting Yemen's Houthi rebels, who fired a ballistic missile the night of Hariri's resignation that was intercepted near Riyadh.

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BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon ' s Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who plunged the country into crisis with his surprise resignation during a trip to Saudi Arabia, says he will return home in the next two days . In his first tweet in more than a week, Hariri told his followers that he is OK

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Last week, Saudi Arabia called on its citizens to leave Lebanon "immediately," raising fears of further escalation.

Asked if he fears punitive actions from the kingdom, Bassil said any attack on Lebanon would affect the whole region.

"The first to be touched in this will be the Syrians based in Lebanon," Bassil said, referring to the more than 1 million refugees in Lebanon, equivalent to a fourth of the tiny country's population.

"They would move from a situation of being accepted and absorbed by the Lebanese society to a situation where they will no more tolerate their conditions," he said, without elaborating.

Bassil and his party have been pressing for the return of Syrian refugees now that the war is winding down. Hariri, and other Sunni politicians who oppose the Syrian government, have argued against repatriation before a peace deal is reached.

Bassil denied Lebanon had anything to do with "a missile launched from one country toward another country," apparently referring to the missile fired at Riyadh.

"There is no excuse for this exceptional and unnatural situation" with Saudi Arabia, he said.

Lebanon's Hariri shackled by bigger outside forces

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Lebanon ' s Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who plunged the country into crisis with his surprise resignation during a trip to Saudi Arabia, says he will return home in the next two days . Some Lebanese officials have said he should return with his family, so he could be free of any Saudi pressure.

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon ' s Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who plunged the country into crisis with his surprise resignation during a trip to Saudi Arabia, says he will return home in the next two days .

In his interview, Hariri hinted he may reconsider his resignation if Hezbollah agreed to discuss staying out of regional affairs. Hariri, a dual Lebanese-Saudi national, has homes in Saudi Arabia, where his wife and children have been living for years.

Schaeffer reported from Paris. Associated Press writer Sylvie Corbet in Paris contributed to this report.

Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, left, and French President Emmanuel Macron, right, attend a meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Tuesday Nov. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, Pool) © The Associated Press Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, left, and French President Emmanuel Macron, right, attend a meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Tuesday Nov. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, Pool) Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, second left, and French President Emmanuel Macron, second right, attend a meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Tuesday Nov. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, Pool) © The Associated Press Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, second left, and French President Emmanuel Macron, second right, attend a meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Tuesday Nov. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, Pool)

French president makes surprise Saudi visit .
Emmanuel Macron arrives in Riyadh to discuss regional stability, days after Lebanon's PM resigned.This comes after Lebanese PM Saad Hariri resigned on Saturday while in Riyadh, saying he feared for his life.

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