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Macron Says Hariri Must Submit Resignation in Lebanon, Le Drian to Meet PM in Saudi

French President Emmanuel Macron, in a fresh statement via a spokesman Wednesday, stressed that Prime Minister Saad Hariri should be able to return to Lebanon to confirm, or not, his resignation.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will meanwhile meet with Hariri on Thursday during a visit to Saudi Arabia, an aide said.

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Aoun Says Hariri 'Detained' in Saudi Arabia, PM Denies

President Michel Aoun on Wednesday accused Saudi Arabia of having "detained" Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who announced his resignation in a statement from the kingdom earlier this month.

"Nothing justifies the failure of Prime Minister Saad Hariri to return for 12 days, therefore we consider him to be held and detained, contrary to the Vienna Convention," Aoun said in a tweet on the official Lebanese presidency account.

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Mustaqbal Lashes Out at Assad's Remarks about Hariri

Al-Mustaqbal Movement strongly replied to Syrian President Bashar Assad's accusations against Prime Minister Saad Hariri, urging him to “stop sticking his nose in Lebanon's affairs.”

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Report: Hariri's Relatives Say He Will be Back in Days

Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who submitted his resignation on November 4 from Saudi Arabia, will reportedly return to Lebanon within two days, al-Akhbar daily reported on Wednesday.

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Army Arrests Mustafa Hujeiri

The Lebanese army on Tuesday arrested fugitive Islamist cleric Mustafa al-Hujeiri, aka Abou Taqiyeh, in the northeastern border town of Arsal, the Army Command-Orientation Directorate said in a statement.

The statement added that the arrest was made early at dawn and that interrogations have kicked off with the related judiciary.

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Busy Diplomat Macron Gets Stuck into Lebanon Crisis

From global warming to Iran's nuclear deal, France's Emmanuel Macron has already intervened in a series of diplomatic quagmires -- and now finds himself pursuing an active role in Lebanon's crisis.

He and his ministers have held a flurry of talks with players shaping the turmoil, with Macron jetting to Saudi Arabia last week for surprise talks with the crown prince.

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Mustaqbal Says 'Priority' is Hariri's Return, Urges No Interference in Arab Nations

Al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc stressed Tuesday that its “priority” is the return of Prime Minister Saad Hariri to Lebanon, as it urged an end to “interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries.”

“The priority in the bloc's discussions and meetings is the return of PM Saad Hariri to Lebanon,” said the bloc in a statement issued after its weekly meeting.

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France Says Hariri Should be Free to Go Home

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Tuesday that Prime Minister Saad Hariri must be able to return to Lebanon from Saudi Arabia to end uncertainty caused by his shock resignation.

"What's at stake is Mr. Hariri being able to return home freely to clarify his situation in line with the Lebanese constitution," Philippe told French parliament, saying his resignation, announced in Saudi Arabia, had caused "a period of uncertainty."

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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.

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Merkel Tells Aoun Berlin Exerting Efforts to Resolve Lebanon Crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel held phone talks Tuesday with President Michel Aoun, reassuring him that her country is exerting efforts to resolve the crisis sparked by Prime Minister Saad Hariri's resignation, the Lebanese Presidency said.

Merkel told Aoun that she is following up on the developments in Lebanon, lauding “the role that President Aoun is playing to find a solution to this situation,” the Presidency added.

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