European Union expects Hariri back in Lebanon 'in days'

Lebanon's prime minister Saad al Hariri gestures during a press conference in parliament building at downtown Beirut Leban

"Close contacts will continue also with prime minister Hariri, through the EU's diplomatic channels: High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini expects him and his family to return to Lebanon in the coming days", the statement said.

Earlier on Wednesday, Macron had said he "wished" that Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri "confirm" from Lebanon "his willingness to resign, if that is his choice", French government spokesman Christophe Castaner said.

Saudi Arabia and Hariri both deny that he is being held by the kingdom.

Hariri declared his resignation during a visit to Riyadh, claiming Iran's interference in Arab countries' affair for his resignation. He said Hariri needed to return to Lebanon to prove he was free.

Speculation has swirled around the fate of Hariri, who is a Saudi citizen and grew up in the kingdom, with Lebanon's President Michel Aoun accusing Saudi Arabia of "detaining" him.

Political unrest in Lebanon has political analysts fearing the possibility of war erupting in the area due to escalating tensions between Saudi Arabia, Iran and, now, Lebanon.




Hariri warned on Sunday in his first interview since resigning of possible Gulf Arab sanctions against Lebanon and of the risk to the livelihoods of the 300,000-400,000 Lebanese in the Gulf.

Le Drian will arrive in Saudi Arabia today and meet with powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the capital Riyadh before holding talks with Hariri on Thursday, the aide told a foreign ministry briefing.

Hezbollah, a group of Iran-backed Shiite Muslims centered in Lebanon, is the dominant political and military force in Lebanon.

The patriarch and the king "reviewed fraternal relations between the kingdom and Lebanon and confirmed the importance of the role of different religions and cultures in promoting tolerance, renouncing violence, extremism and terrorism", the state-run Saudi Press Agency said.

Global pressure has been mounting for Hariri to return to Beirut after his prolonged stay in the kingdom since he announced in a televised speech from Riyadh on November 4 that he would be stepping down, tipping his country into crisis. He rarely makes comments to the media.

Bahaa Hariri, right, and Saad Hariri, sons of slain Lebanese former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, visit the scene where their father was assassinated in Beirut, Lebanon, February 19, 2005.

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