Hariri prom­ises re­turn to Beirut by end of the week

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

BEIRUT | Ten days af­ter his sur­prise res­ig­na­tion plunged Lebanon into cri­sis and raised fears of re­gional tur­moil, Prime Min­is­ter Saad Hariri on Tues­day called on ev­ery­one to “chill.”

In his first per­sonal tweet since trav­el­ing to Saudi Ara­bia ear­lier this month, where he un­ex­pect­edly an­nounced he would step down in a pre-recorded mes­sage, Mr. Hariri said he planned to re­turn to Lebanon in the next two days.

Lebanon’s for­eign min­is­ter mean­while said dur­ing a trip to Paris that his coun­try may re­sort to in­ter­na­tional law to de­ter­mine Mr. Hariri’s con­di­tion, sug­gest­ing he is be­ing held un­der some form of house ar­rest by his Saudi hosts, if he doesn’t re­turn to Lebanon.

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