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Saad Hariri to return 'in the next two days' to Lebanon

Saad Hariri to return 'in the next two days' to Lebanon
From Al Jazeera - November 14, 2017

Saad Hariri, the Lebanese leader at the centre of a diplomatic row in the Middle East over his unexpected resignation as prime minister, has said he will return from Saudi Arabia in the next two days.

The announcement came in the form of a tweet on a day he met the visiting head of Lebanon's Maronite Christian Church in Riyadh, Patriarch Beshara al-Rai.

"I am fine and returning to Lebanon in the next two days," Hariri, a Sunni Muslim politician and longtime ally of Saudi Arabia,said on Twitter on Tuesday.

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Saad Hariri (@saadhariri) November 14, 2017

Lebanese officials have said Hariri is probably under either house arrest or in temporary detention in Riyadh.

Rai is the first Lebanese public figure to visit Saudi Arabia since Hariri announced his resignation in a televised speech from Riyadh more than a week ago.

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Dubai-based Al Arabiya TV quoted Rai as saying after the meeting in Riyadh that Hariri would return home as soon as possible.

Rai was also quoted as expressing his support for Hariri's reasons for resigning.

Besides Hariri, Rai held talks on the second day of his visit to the kingdom with the Saudi King, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and the heir apparent, Mohammed bin Salman, at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh.

The Saudi Press Agency SPA reported that the two sides "reviewed fraternal relations between the kingdom and Lebanon and discussed a number of issues pertaining to the role of different religions and cultures in promoting tolerance and renouncing violence and extremism".

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