Hariri: Chill, I'll be back home in two days

Lebanon's Prime Minister says in tweet that he will return home in the next two days.

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Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who unexpectedly resigned during a trip to Saudi Arabia, said in a tweet Tuesday that he will return home in the next two days, The Associated Press.

It was Hariri's first personal tweet since he announced his resignation on November 4 in a pre-recorded message during a trip to Saudi Arabia. Previous tweets since his resignation consisted of official pictures and press releases, noted the news agency.

"People, I am fine. And God willing I will come back in two days. Can we chill?" he tweeted on Tuesday.

Hariri, cited the influence of Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah as one of the reasons for his decision to resign.

There were subsequent rumors that he was under de facto house arrest in Saudi Arabia, but Hariri brushed off those rumors in a television interview this week, saying he is "free" in Saudi Arabia and will return to Lebanon "very soon".

On Tuesday, Hariri met with the Lebanese Maronite Patriarch, who visited Saudi Arabia, the first publicized meeting with a Lebanese official. However, no TV cameras were allowed into the meeting and only photos of the encounter were released, noted AP.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun has refused to accept Hariri's resignation and urged him to come home. Hezbollah, which was a member of Hariri's coalition despite their differences, says Hariri's Saudi patrons forced him to resign to wreck the coalition government.

Meanwhile, Lebanon's foreign minister said on Tuesday that Hariri can only prove he is free by returning home from Saudi Arabia.

"We hope to resolve this with the quick and immediate return of Prime Minister Hariri to his country ... where he has the right to do what he wants," Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said after meeting French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, according to Reuters.

"The only thing that proves he is free is that he returns. Right now he is in a situation that is ambiguous and not normal. We want to return to a normal situation," he added.








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