Ali Akbar Velayati

Lebanon's prime minister arrives in Paris, heralding the end of one crisis but perhaps starting another

Lebanon's prime minister arrives in Paris, heralding the end of one crisis but perhaps starting another

Lebanon’s embattled prime minister, Saad Hariri, met with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Saturday and insisted he would return to Beirut on Wednesday, marking a new chapter in the odd political drama that has thrust Lebanon into the regional rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

The visit, equal parts diplomacy and political theater, was meant to dispel speculation that Hariri was being held hostage in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, from where he declared his surprise resignation as prime minister two weeks ago.

Since then, both allies and opponents of Hariri have demanded his return to the Lebanese capital so that he can formalize or back down from his...

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