Egypt's Sisi meets Lebanese PM Hariri in Cairo

Lebanon's former PM to meet Egypt's President al-Sisi

Hariri was leading a coalition government with his political opponents in the militant group Hezbollah when he stunned Lebanon by announcing his resignation in a televised statement from Saudi Arabia on November 4. The move caught even his aides off guard, and politicians close to him say Riyadh forced him to quit and held him in Saudi Arabia.

The Lebanese president has yet to accept Hariri's resignation, who is expected in Beirut on Wednesday for the celebration of National Day.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived in Cairo on Tuesday after a three-day visit to France to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Hariri and Sisi agreed on the necessity for Lebanon to be disassociated from any regional issues and the Lebanese outgoing prime minister praised Sisi for his keenness on maintaining Lebanon's stability, according to Hariri's remarks following the meeting.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri lands at the Beirut airport on Tuesday night
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri lands at the Beirut airport on Tuesday night

Also on Tuesday, El-Sisi received a telephone call from Lebanese President Michel Aoun, where they discussed bilateral ties and the political situation in Lebanon, El-Sisi's office said in a statement late on Tuesday.

Hariri was greeted by members of the security forces as he disembarked from a jet at Beirut airport, live footage of his arrival showed. Hariri is now in Paris, where he met French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday.

Hariri's mysterious decision to step down - which the president Michel Aoun has refused to accept while Hariri remains overseas - has raised fears over Lebanon's fragile democracy.

Al-Hariri's resignation has not yet been approved by Lebanon's president.

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