Hariri returns home for first time since quitting as PM

Saad Harri the Lebanese prime minister is back in Beirut

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who had fled from Saudi Arabia to France will arrive in Egypt on Tuesday, reported the local Lebanese media.

Hariri abruptly announced his resignation in a televised statement from Riyadh on November 4, blaming Iran for having a destabilizing influence in Lebanon and the Middle East and saying that his life was in danger from political opponent, Hezbollah.

"Saad Hariri arrived in Cairo on Tuesday evening from Paris to meet President Sisi, and he is scheduled to return to Lebanon on Wednesday", MENA state news agency said.

"As you know I have resigned and we will talk about this matter in Lebanon", Hariri said.

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. Hariri later said he would return to Lebanon in time for Wednesday's Independence Day celebrations. It said in its Tuesday edition that French and Egyptian officials discussed Lebanon's future in the Cypriot capital Nicosia on the sidelines of el-Sissi's visit to the European Union member Mediterranean island nation.

In Lebanon, the army chief called on troops to stand firm against any attempt to incite strife in the country amid the crisis triggered by Hariri's resignation. Aoun, a Christian, is a political ally of Hezbollah.

Hariri, a Sunni Muslim, is a long-time ally of Saudi Arabia.

While undoubtedly a diplomatic coup for Macron, some regional and French diplomats have cautioned that his strategy to try to appease all sides in the region may backfire. That was met by a rebuke in Tehran.

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