Hariri urges calm, says returning in two days
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
Saad Hariri meets Maronite Patriarch Beshara Boutros Al Rahi in Riyadh. —