Hariri holds talks with Sisi

The political crisis drew mediation efforts from France, with President Emmanuel Macron inviting Hariri for talks in Paris on Saturday. He has said he'd be back in Beirut in time for Independence Day celebrations on Wednesday.

Hariri arrived at Cairo International Airport, where he was received by Egypt's health minister, the Lebanese ambassador to Cairo and Egypt's ambassador to Beirut, his press office said.

"We, and he, desire to see stability in Lebanon".

"What the Egyptians and French need to do is to convince Mohammed bin Salman" to spare Lebanon a political crisis, he said, alluding to widespread suspicions that the Saudi crown prince, King Salman's son, was behind Hariri's resignation as part of the kingdom's conflict with Shiite and non-Arab Iran. He is expected to return to Beirut on Wednesday.

Netanyahu said at a Likud faction meeting Monday that he spoke with Macron "at length". Lebanese officials suggested that Hariri could have been forcibly held in Saudi Arabia, but he dismissed these allegations.




Aoun has called Hariri a Saudi hostage and refused to accept his resignation unless he returns to Lebanon.

A dual Saudi-Lebanese national with vast business interests in the kingdom, Hariri told reporters after talks with the Egyptian leader: "Inshallah (God willing), tomorrow's Independence Day in Lebanon will be a feast for all Lebanese".

Lebanon's outgoing Prime Minister Sa'ad Hariri met Saturday with Macron in Paris after fleeing to Riyadh earlier in the month due to what he said was an assassination attempt on his life.

While undoubtedly a diplomatic coup for Macron, some regional and French diplomats have cautioned that his strategy to try to appease all sides in the region may backfire.

Trump U-turn on elephant trophies President Donald Trump suspended imports of trophies from elephant hunting yesterday. The White House said the leaders agreed on the need to work with allies to counter Hezbollah's and Iran's destabilizing activities in the region.

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