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In Surprise Reversal Lebanese PM Puts Resignation on Hold

Hussein Malla AP

Saad Hariri on late Tuesday returned to Lebanon amid political crisis after announcing his shock resignation as Lebanon's prime minister from Saudi Arabia.

"It was a 45-minute meeting which was requested earlier today through diplomatic channels", Cypriot government spokesman Nikos Christodoulides told Reuters of the meeting between Hariri and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun, a political ally of Hezbollah, has said he will not accept Mr Hariri's resignation until it is delivered in person.

Hezbollah and Iran claimed Hariri was held and forced to resign in Riyadh, which Hariri later denied in a TV interview in Riyadh and following his meeting with Macron in Paris. Hariri then left the airport and visited the grave of his father, Rafiq Hariri, Lebanon's former prime minister who was assassinated in 2005.

Policies by the young Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman risk destabilising the region, Straw said at a conference on Saudi Arabia hosted by Middle East Monitor on Saturday. He has said he will return to Lebanon by Wednesday for the country's Independence Day celebrations, where he said he will clarify his position.

"Lebanon is being shaken so it's important Hariri comes to Paris for us to work with him on the best way out of the crisis", said a senior French diplomat.

All sides in Beirut have called for his speedy return. Aoun, a Christian, is a political ally of Hezbollah.

Okab Saqr, a member of parliament for Hariri's Future Movement, said after Hariri's visit to France he would have "a small Arab tour" before traveling to Beirut.

The 47-year-old Hariri arrived to Beirut without his wife Lara al-Azm.

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