Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri landed in Beirut yesterday, his media office said, returning home for the first time since he resigned as Lebanon’s prime minister in a broadcast from Saudi Arabia and plunged his country into political crisis.
Hariri’s sudden resignation on November 4 thrust Lebanon to the forefront of a regional power struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran, whose powerful ally Hezbollah is part of the Lebanese government.
Hariri stopped off late yesterday in Cyprus on his way back to his home country. A statement from his press office in Beirut said Hariri flew in from Cairo to meet President Nicos Anastasiades for talks on “the latest developments in Lebanon and the region”.
Cyprus government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides tweeted that the two leaders had a “warm and fruitful” meeting.
Hariri has been absent from Lebanon since his resignation announced in a broadcast from Saudi Arabia sparking rumours he was being held there against his will. (Reuters)
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