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Hariri Says 'Doing Very Well', Will Return within Days

Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced Tuesday that he is “doing very well” and that he will return from Saudi Arabia to Lebanon within days.

“Folks, I'm doing very well, and God willing I will return within days, so let's be patient,” Hariri tweeted in Lebanese dialect, in his first tweet since November 6.

“My family are in their home in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the kingdom of goodness,” Hariri added.

It was not immediately clear if Hariri was responding to remarks voiced earlier in the day by EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini.

According to Lebanon's National News Agency, Mogherini said during a meeting with Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil in Brussels that there is a need for the return of “Hariri and his family” to Lebanon in the coming days in order to fortify internal stability and national unity in Lebanon.

In his first TV interview since he announced a surprise resignation from Riyadh on November 4, Hariri said Sunday he will return to Lebanon to seek a new settlement with President Michel Aoun and Iran-backed Hizbullah.

Hariri, looking downcast and tired, denied he was being held against his will in the kingdom and said he was compelled to resign to save Lebanon from imminent dangers, which he didn't specify.

He held back tears at one point and repeated several times that he resigned to create a "positive shock" and draw attention to the danger of siding with Iran in regional conflicts.

Hariri sounded less belligerent in Sunday's interview than he did during the resignation announcement.

A political crisis has gripped Lebanon since Hariri read his televised resignation from Saudi Arabia in which he accused Iran of meddling in Lebanon in a vicious tirade that was uncharacteristic of the usually soft-spoken premier.

Aoun and other Lebanese officials have refused to accept Hariri's resignation until he returns to the country.

Lebanese officials have insisted the resignation was forced by Hariri's Saudi patrons and that he is being kept in the kingdom against his will. Hariri denied this on Sunday, stressing that he is “free.”


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