Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri arrived in Beirut Tuesday evening after his sudden resignation in a televised statement he read from the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh on November 4. He has said he will return to Lebanon by Wednesday for the country's Independence Day celebrations.
The Cypriot government's spokesman Nikos Christodoulides announced their meeting on Twitter. "He is leaving as we speak", he added. Lebanon's Christian president, Aoun, has refused to accept Hariri's resignation, accusing the Saudis of holding him against his will. Hariri denies this.
Rouhani on Tuesday said it's unfortunate the organisation expressed regret that the Yemeni rebels known as Houthis launched a ballistic missile into Saudi Arabia earlier this month in response to "so much bombing" by the Saudi-led coalition. He is expected to return to Beirut on Wednesday. El-Sissi returned home from Cyprus on Tuesday afternoon.
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Al-Akhbar noted that negotiations were held between Egypt on one hand and UAE and Saudi on the other in order to preserve the political settlement reached by all the Lebanese parties and supported by the Arab League, according to which PM Hariri keeps in his post.
After its 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran emerged as patron of Lebanon's Shiites, embracing Hezbollah and nurturing it until it became the single strongest political and military group in today's Lebanon.
Hariri's abrupt resignation and continued stay in Saudi Arabia has caused fears for Lebanon's stability.