France says Lebanon's Hariri will arrive 'in coming days'

2017-11-15 20:28
Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad  Hariri. (AP)

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri. (AP)

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Paris - Lebanon's former prime minister Saad Hariri will come to France "in the coming days", a source at the French presidency said on Wednesday.

The development came after the office of President Emmanuel Macron said he had "invited" Hariri and his family to France.

The statement said the invitation came after Macron spoke by telephone to both the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Hariri, who announced his resignation in a surprise statement from the kingdom on November 4.

Speculation has swirled around Hariri's prolonged stay in Saudi Arabia since the announcement.

Return home

There were rumours that Hariri, who is a Saudi citizen and grew up in the kingdom, had been detained along with dozens of Saudis in what Riyadh says is an anti-corruption campaign.

Hariri moved to dispel rumours of his detention, saying on Twitter that he had freedom of movement.

He said he was planning to return home to his "beloved" Lebanon.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun has yet to officially accept Hariri's resignation and has said he will not do so before meeting the premier in person - in Lebanon.

France said earlier on Wednesday that Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian was to meet Hariri during a visit to Saudi Arabia on Thursday.

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