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Hariri to clarify his position

Saad al-Hariri, who resigned as Lebanon's prime minister this month says he will clarify his position when he returns to Beirut next week.

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Saad al-Hariri, who resigned as Lebanon’s prime minister this month says he will clarify his position when he returns to Beirut next week.

Hariri’s statement follows talks in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron who is mediating in the crisis to avoid a proxy conflict between Saudi-backed and Iranian-backed camps in Lebanon.

“I will return to Lebanon to celebrate independence day, and I will have a discussion with the President of Lebanon, Michel Aoun, and then I will make my political position known,” he said speaking to journalists outside the Elysée Palace. “As you know, I had put forward my resignation. So I will make an announcement in Lebanon on what will be next, after meeting with the Lebanese president.”

Macron is continuing mediation efforts talking to several world leaders including US President Donald Trump.

Meanwhile Lebanon’s foreign minister is not expected to attend an emergency meeting of the Arab League in Egypt on Sunday called by Saudi Arabia to discuss dealing with what is described as “Iranian intervention in the internal affairs of Arab states”.