Lebanon's Hariri holds talks with Egypt President Sisi in Cairo

Sisi and Hariri

Sisi and Hariri

He has said he will return to Lebanon by Wednesday for the country's Independence Day celebrations.

Saad al-Hariri, who announced his resignation as Lebanon's prime minister from Saudi Arabia, walks down the steps of an airplance at Beirut's worldwide airport, in Beirut, Lebanon, November 21, 2017.

His surprise resignation announced from Riyadh triggered a political crisis in Lebanon's power-sharing government.

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Hariri expressed fear of assassination and criticized Iran and Hezbollah movement for attempts to destabilize the situation in the Middle East. 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.

Lebanon's Saad al-Hariri, who announced his resignation as prime minister on November 4, has arrived in Cairo for talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Egyptian airport sources said on Tuesday.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun has not recognized the resignation of Hariri, echoing Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah's concerns that the statement could have been made under pressure by the Saudi authorities.

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Hariri's arrival in Cairo coincided with the arrival of the Egyptian president from a two-day visit to Cyprus where he attended a tripartite summit with Greece.

The only group to maintain a paramilitary force since the end of Lebanon's bloody 15-year civil war in 1990, Hezbollah, which is financially and militarily supported by Iran, ignores the official Lebanese policy of staying out of regional conflicts.

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