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Bassil Warns Turmoil Could Spark New Refugee Wave

Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil warned that political turmoil in Lebanon sparked by the crisis involving Saudi Arabia could impact Europe by creating new waves of refugees.

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Lebanon Prime Minister Hariri 'Caught in Regional Feuds'

Saad Hariri has seen a lot in his 47 years.

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Hariri to Meet Macron Saturday in Paris

Prime Minister Saad Hariri will arrive in France on Saturday and meet French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace, the French presidency said Thursday.

Hariri, who announced his resignation during a visit to Saudi Arabia, is traveling to France at the invitation of the French government in a move that diplomats hope will ease regional tensions and tensions between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.

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Shorter Heads North, Visits Chamber of Commerce and UK Funded Projects

As part of his ongoing regional visits across Lebanon, British Ambassador Hugo Shorter visited the northern city of Tripoli on Thursday.

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Lebanon's Hariri Meets French FM in Riyadh

Prime Minister Saad Hariri met the French foreign minister in Riyadh Thursday, the most senior Western official he has met publicly since his shock resignation announcement earlier this month.

The meeting came after Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian  said that Hariri had accepted an invitation to visit France for talks with President Emmanuel Macron.

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Saudi FM: Hariri Free to Leave Riyadh 'When He Pleases'

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri is free to leave Riyadh "when he pleases," the Saudi foreign minister said on Thursday, rejecting accusations from Beirut that the kingdom was "detaining" him.

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Aoun Says Lebanon Committed to Dissociation Policy, Hariri Paris Trip 'Start of Solution'

President Michel Aoun stressed Lebanon's commitment to the dissociation policy and said that he was waiting for Prime Minister Saad Hariri to return from France to decide on the next steps, after Beirut accused Saudi Arabia of detaining the premier following his shock resignation.

"I am awaiting the return of Hariri from Paris for us to decide the next step with regards to the government," the presidency's Twitter account quoted Michel Aoun as saying.

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Russia Says Lavrov to Receive Bassil in Moscow

Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil is expected to hold talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Friday, the National News Agency reported.

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France Says Hariri Accepts Invitation to Paris, Will Come Within Days

French Foreign Minister Jean Yves Le-Drian announced from Riyadh on Thursday that Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri has accepted an invitation to travel to Paris after Beirut accused Riyadh of detaining him following his shock resignation.

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Bou Saab: Aoun's Position Not Meant for Escalation

Presidential Adviser for International Cooperation Elias Bou Saab clarified on Thursday that President Michel Aoun's accusations that Saudi Arabia is holding Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri in “detention,” were not intended to escalate rhetoric with the kingdom.

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