Lebanon's Hariri arrives in Beirut after resignation

Lebanese PM will return to Beirut

"Saad Hariri arrived in Cairo on Tuesday evening from Paris to meet President Sisi, and he is scheduled to return to Lebanon on Wednesday", MENA state news agency said. Aoun spoke in a televised speech on the eve of the country's independence day celebrations.

The highly unusual November 4 resignation raised suspicions Hariri may have been forced to step down by his Saudi patrons as part of Riyadh's escalation against Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah.

Hariri's abrupt resignation and continued stay in Saudi Arabia has caused fears for Lebanon's stability.

Lebanon's outgoing Prime Minister Sa'ad Hariri met Saturday with Macron in Paris after fleeing to Riyadh earlier in the month due to what he said was an assassination attempt on his life.

Hariri is now in Paris, where he met French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday.

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A French presidential source said Macron had reiterated that Paris wanted Hariri to return to Lebanon to ensure the country's political system continued to function and that it was imperative it remained "disassociated" from regional crises. His press office said he was traveling to Beirut. The Shiite militant group is a key member of Hariri's ruling coalition and Lebanon's single most dominant force.

A dual Saudi-Lebanese national with vast business interests in the kingdom, Hariri left for Lebanon after his talks with el-Sissi.

A message on Hariri's Twitter account said the meeting would be followed by a dinner in his honour.

Fireworks were heard in Beirut as Hariri supporters in mainly Sunni areas celebrated his impending return. Back home he is to attend Lebanon's Independence Day celebration on Wednesday.

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