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Lebanon's Hariri arrives in Beirut after resignation
Last Updated: 2017-11-22 09:09 | Xinhua
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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 Nov. 4.

Hariri left Paris this morning and visited Egypt where he held talks with President Abdel Fatah Sissi, then visited Cyprus in an unexpected visit and held talks with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades.

The former Lebanese prime minister announced his resignation from the Saudi capital Riyadh on Nov. 4, referring the reason to the internal and external armed activities of Hezbollah, a Lebanese Iran-backed Shiite militant group represented by several ministers and affiliates in the government and the parliament.

He also said in his resignation televised speech from Riyadh that he learned of an assassination plot against him in Lebanon.

Hezbollah and Iran claimed Hariri was held and forced to resign in Riyadh, which Hariri later denied in a TV interview in Riyadh and following his meeting with Macron in Paris.

Lebanon's President Michel Aoun refused to accept Hariri's resignation as he considered it unconstitutional because it was not presented to him in Lebanon.

Aoun went far in considering the resignation forced on Hariri by the Saudis and that he was kept under house arrest, accusing the kingdom of committing an act of aggression against Lebanon.

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