The ‘former’ Lebanese Prime Minister has confirmed he will return to Lebanon to mark the Independence Day.
Lebanon will celebrate Independence Day on November 22 amid the worst political crisis it encountered in the recent times.
In his tour to Paris after the French President Emmanuel Macron invited him for talks to solve the political deadlock the country faces Saad Hariri said, “I will return to Beirut in the coming days.”
اشكر الرئيس إيمانويل ماكرون على دعمه. لقد اظهر تجاهي صداقة خالصة، وهذا ما لن أنساه أبداً. لقد اثبتت فرنسا مرة جديدة كبر دورها في العالم وفي المنطقة. وهي تثبت تعلقها بلبنان وباستقراره. ولكل ذلك أكرر شكري للرئيس ماكرون ولفرنسا. @EmmanuelMacron pic.twitter.com/wYtXAJrct0
— Saad Hariri (@saadhariri) November 18, 2017
“I will participate in the celebrations for our independence and it is there that I will make known my position on all the issues.”
The Lebanese President Michel Aoun and Nabih Berri, the Lebanese speaker also confirmed the return of Hariri to Lebanon.
L'attention que nous portons à la stabilité et à la sécurité du Liban est le fruit de l’histoire et des relations personnelles innombrables entre nos deux pays.
À l’image de ce moment partagé : pic.twitter.com/9YvJ2EG4Nm
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) November 18, 2017
President Aoun posted on his Facebook page, “President has received this morning’s phone call from Prime Minister Saad Hariri after arriving in Paris, informing him that he will be attending Lebanon to participate in the celebration of independence, especially the military offer to be held next Wednesday.”
I am happy to host Foreign Minister of #Lebanon, my brother Gibran Bassil, in Ankara. Turkey will continue to support Lebanon’s peace and stability. Lebanon doesn’t need new problems; contrary to it, we all need to contribute to solutions to problems Lebanon is facing. pic.twitter.com/KH3E4iD3Up
— Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (@MevlutCavusoglu) November 16, 2017
Earlier the French President Emmanuel Macron addressed Hariri as a Prime Minister and welcomed Hariri with the honors of a Prime Minister.
“I will … welcome Prime Minister Hariri with the honors that are due to a prime minister, indeed resigned, but whose resignation hasn’t yet been recognized in his country, as he hasn’t been there,” Macron said at a conference in Gothenburg, Sweden, on Friday.
— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) November 18, 2017
“So, nevertheless, I’ll welcome him as prime minister,” he added.
“Prime Minister Hariri then has the intention, I believe, to return to his country in the following days or weeks. It’s for him to discuss his own future but I don’t have any doubts about this subject.”