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Saad Hariri, who re­cently quit as prime min­is­ter un­der mys­te­ri­ous cir­cum­stances, said he will re­turn home.

beirut — Le­banon’s Saad Hariri, who plunged his coun­try into cri­sis with his sur­prise res­ig­na­tion as prime min­is­ter dur­ing a trip to Saudi Ara­bia, said in a tweet Tues­day that he will re­turn home in the next two days but that his fam­ily will re­main in the kingdom.

Le­banon’s for­eign min­is­ter, mean­while, said dur­ing a trip to Paris that his coun­try may re­sort to in­ter­na­tional law to de­ter­mine Hariri’s con­di­tion if he does not re­turn to Le­banon.

It was Hariri’s first per­sonal tweet since he an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion Nov. 4 dur­ing a trip to Saudi Ara­bia. Pre­vi­ous tweets since his res­ig­na­tion had con­sisted of of­fi­cial pic­tures and news re­leases.

“Peo­ple, I am fine. And God will­ing I will come back in two days. Can we chill?” Hariri wrote.

His sur­prise res­ig­na­tion and then scarce com­mu­ni­ca­tion led many Le­banese to spec­u­late that he was be­ing held against his will de­spite Saudi de­nials. A live in­ter­view Sun­day with a Le­banese tele­vi­sion sta­tion af­fil­i­ated with his po­lit­i­cal party did lit­tle to dis­pel such fears.

On Tues­day, Hariri met with the Le­banese pa­tri­arch of the Ma­ronite Catholic Church, who vis­ited Saudi Ara­bia, the first pub­li­cized meet­ing with a Le­banese of­fi­cial. But no TV cam­eras were al­lowed, and only photos of the en­counter were re­leased.

Pres­i­dent Michel Aoun has re­fused to ac­cept Hariri’s res­ig­na­tion and urged him to come home. Hezbol­lah and other ri­vals have sug­gested that Hariri’s Saudi pa­trons forced him to re­sign to wreck Le­banon’s coali­tion gov­ern­ment, which in­cludes Iran­backed Hezbol­lah.

Le­banese For­eign Min­is­ter Ge­bran Bas­sil said he hoped to re­solve the “am­bigu­ous” Hariri sit­u­a­tion with Saudi Ara­bia. Bas­sil said that if Hariri does not re­turn, it will prove he is not free.

“We hope Le­banon doesn’t have to re­sort to in­ter­na­tional law,” he said.

The res­ig­na­tion came amid mount­ing ten­sions be­tween Saudi Ara­bia and Iran. Hariri lashed out at Hezbol­lah in his res­ig­na­tion speech and said he feared for his safety. Saudi Ara­bia has ac­cused Hezbol­lah of declar­ing war on the kingdom by supporting Ye­men’s Houthi rebels, who fired a bal­lis­tic mis­sile the night of Hariri’s res­ig­na­tion that was in­ter­cepted near Riyadh, the Saudi cap­i­tal.

Last week, Saudi Ara­bia called on its cit­i­zens to leave Le­banon “im­me­di­ately,” rais­ing fears of fur­ther es­ca­la­tion.

Asked whether he fears puni­tive ac­tions from the kingdom, Bas­sil said any at­tack on Le­banon would af­fect the whole re­gion.

In his in­ter­view, Hariri hinted that he might re­con­sider his res­ig­na­tion if Hezbol­lah agreed to dis­cuss stay­ing out of re­gional af­fairs. Hariri, a dual Le­bane­seSaudi na­tional, has homes in Saudi Ara­bia, where his wife and chil­dren have been liv­ing for years.

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