Media: Lebanon's prime minister arrives in France
Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri, who had earlier announced his resignation, has arrived in Paris to meet President Emmanuel Macron, AFP reports with a link to a source close to Hariri.
Hariri departed from Riyadh on Friday night.
Hariri unexpectedly announced his resignation on November 4, while in Riyadh. In a speech broadcasted by the Saudi Al-Arabiya channel, he accused the Shiite movement Hezbollah and Iran of inciting hatred in Lebanon and the Arab world and announced the impending assassination attempt on him.
The leader of the Hezbollah movement, Hasan Nasrullah, said that the reasons for Hariri's resignation should be searched in Saudi Arabia, and the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called Hariri's accusations groundless. Nasrullah also said that Riyadh forced Hariri to resign and, perhaps, keeps him in Saudi Arabia by force.
Earlier on Friday, Lebanese Foreign Minister Gibran Basil said that the country's Prime Minister Saad Hariri was on a working visit to Saudi Arabia and expressed hope that his visit to Paris on Saturday would be another point on the way to the return of the prime minister to Beirut.
Earlier, the Elysee Palace reported that Hariri will visit France on Saturday to meet the country's President Emmanuel Macron.