Hariri urges calm, says re­turn­ing in two days

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riyadh — Le­banon’s Chris­tian Ma­ronite Pa­tri­arch, vis­it­ing Saudi Ara­bia in an his­toric visit to the kingdom, ex­pressed sup­port on Tues­day for the rea­sons be­hind Le­banese Prime Min­is­ter Saad Hariri’s res­ig­na­tion.

Pa­tri­arch Bechara Al Rai met Hariri as well as the Cus­to­dian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Sal­man bin Ab­du­laziz of Saudi Ara­bia, and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Sal­man as part of a trip that was planned well be­fore the Le­banese po­lit­i­cal cri­sis brought on by Hariri’s res­ig­na­tion. “Hariri is re­turn­ing as fast as pos­si­ble and I sup­port the rea­sons for his res­ig­na­tion,” Rai was quoted as say­ing by Saudi-owned Al Ara­biya tele­vi­sion.

Hariri said he was fine and would re­turn to Le­banon in the next two days. On Twit­ter, he urged Le­banese to re­main calm and said his fam­ily would stay in Saudi Ara­bia, call­ing it “their coun­try”. —

RIYADH— Le­banon’s Chris­tian Ma­ronite Pa­tri­arch Be­shara Boutros Al Rai met on Tues­day in Saudi Ara­bia with Saad Al Hariri, who an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion as Le­banon’s prime min­is­ter from Riyadh on Novem­ber 4, ac­cord­ing to Sau­diowned Al Ara­biya TV. Hariri abruptly an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion in a tele­vi­sion broad­cast, say­ing he be­lieved there was an as­sas­si­na­tion plot against him and ac­cus­ing Saudi ’s arch-foe Iran and its Le­banese ally Hezbol­lah of sow­ing strife in the Arab world. —

HARIRI: My fam­ily will stay in Saudi Ara­bia

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Saad Hariri meets Ma­ronite Pa­tri­arch Be­shara Boutros Al Rahi in Riyadh. —

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