Newsbrief: Lebanese PM Hariri accepts invitation to France

by  Doyin Fadojutimi
edited by Bryce Johnson

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has accepted an invitation to visit France after his surprise resignation In Saudi Arabia nearly two weeks ago that rattled the region, the French President’s office said Thursday according to the Washington Post.

Hariri is expected in France in the coming days and will meet with President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday, according to an official in Macron’s office, speaking on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to talk publicly to the media. 

Lebanon President Michel Aoun said Hariri and his family will arrive Saturday in France, “where he will rest for few days” before returning to Beirut to make “a decision regarding the resignation.” Aoun’s statement was carried by the state-run National News Agency. 

There was no French confirmation of the arrival date or timetable for the stay by Hariri and his family who have a home in Paris. 

Aoun had welcomed Hariri’s decision to accept the French invitation, saying he hoped it “opened the door for a resolution” of the political crisis in Lebanon. 

“I wait for the return of President (of the council of ministers) Hariri to decide the next move regarding the government,” Aoun told journalists. The comments were published on his official Twitter account. 

(Photo: The Washington Post)


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