Emmanuel Macron welcomes Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri at Elysee Palace in Paris

French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri for talks, hours after the Lebanese premier arrived from Saudi Arabia in the midst of a political crisis

FP Staff November 18, 2017 22:53:06 IST
French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri for talks on Saturday, hours after the Lebanese premier arrived from Saudi Arabia in the midst of a political crisis. AP
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French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri for talks on Saturday, hours after the Lebanese premier arrived from Saudi Arabia in the midst of a political crisis. AP
On 4 November, Hariri announces his shock resignation while in Saudi Arabia, citing Iran's "grip" on his country and threats to his life. Hariri has since fended off claims he was being held in Saudi Arabia against his will. Macron greets Hariri upon his arrival at the Elysee Palace in Paris. AP
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On 4 November, Hariri announces his shock resignation while in Saudi Arabia, citing Iran's "grip" on his country and threats to his life. Hariri has since fended off claims he was being held in Saudi Arabia against his will. Macron greets Hariri upon his arrival at the Elysee Palace in Paris. AP
The Lebanese leader's wife and elder son were to join them for the meal after the talks, but the couple's two younger children remain in Riyadh "for their school exams", a source close to Hariri said. Macron, centre right and his wife Brigitte greet Hariri, his wife Lara and their son Hussam upon their arrival. AP
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The Lebanese leader's wife and elder son were to join them for the meal after the talks, but the couple's two younger children remain in Riyadh "for their school exams", a source close to Hariri said. Macron, centre right and his wife Brigitte greet Hariri, his wife Lara and their son Hussam upon their arrival. AP
Lebanese President Michel Aoun has refused to accept Hariri's resignation while he remains abroad, and Macron said ahead of the talks that he would be welcomed "with the honours due to a prime minister". AP
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Lebanese President Michel Aoun has refused to accept Hariri's resignation while he remains abroad, and Macron said ahead of the talks that he would be welcomed "with the honours due to a prime minister". AP
Macron has been attempting to help broker a solution to a political crisis that has raised fears over Lebanon's fragile democracy. AP
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Macron has been attempting to help broker a solution to a political crisis that has raised fears over Lebanon's fragile democracy. AP
Aoun said on Saturday that he had spoken by telephone to the premier after his arrival in Paris, and that Hariri said he would be back in Lebanon for Independence Day celebrations on Wednesday. Hariri speaks to reporters after a lunch with Macron. AP
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Aoun said on Saturday that he had spoken by telephone to the premier after his arrival in Paris, and that Hariri said he would be back in Lebanon for Independence Day celebrations on Wednesday. Hariri speaks to reporters after a lunch with Macron. AP