Lebanon's Hariri holds talks with Egypt President Sisi in Cairo

Lebanon's former PM to meet Egypt's President al-Sisi
Lebanon's Hariri holds talks with Egypt President Sisi in Cairo
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22 November, 2017

Hariri, a Sunni Muslim politician and longtime ally of Saudi Arabia, announced his resignation in a televised speech on November 4, shortly after landing in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

Saad Hariri had unexpectedly resigned as Prime Minister from Saudi Arabia resulting in a political crisis in the region.

Hariri arrived at Cairo International Airport, where he was received by Egypt's health minister, Lebanese ambassador to Cairo and Egypt's ambassador to Beirut, his press office said.

The celebrations are traditionally attended by the president, the prime minister and also the parliament speaker - three pillars of Lebanon's political system, with the president traditionally a Maronite Christian, the speaker a Shiite and the prime minister a Sunni.

The two leaders will talk about "ideas to stabilize the situation in Lebanon", he said, adding they agreed to meet to "see if we can adopt similar approaches, as much as possible, concerning this threat and the nuclear agreement with Iran".

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Macron had leveraged France's close relations with both Lebanon and Saudi Arabia to secure a deal that saw Hariri travel to Paris and open the door to a resolution of the crisis.

Aoun has called Hariri a Saudi hostage and refused to accept his resignation unless he returns to Lebanon.

Hariri's abrupt resignation and continued stay in Saudi Arabia has caused fears for Lebanon's stability.

The Saudi-owned, pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat alluded to French and Egyptian efforts in a front-page report on Tuesday. Hariri's government, a power-sharing coalition formed previous year, includes Hezbollah.

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