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Lebanon's Hariri set to arrive in France from Saudi Arabia

Macron's invitation to Hariri and his family is part of an attempt to preserve regional stability by leveraging France's trade relations with rival players in the region and historical ties to its former protectorate.

The French president has clarified that the invitation was not an offer of political exile, but merely an invitation made in "friendship" for Hariri to spend "a few days with his family" in France. The Elysée Palace said the invitation was made after Macron spoke by telephone with both Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Hariri.

In a Twitter posting in Arabic on Friday, Hariri sought to dispel what he called rumours about his stay in Saudi Arabia, noting that he was in the Gulf kingdom "for consultations about the future situation in Lebanon and its relations with its surroundings."

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by Oui on Fri Nov 17th, 2017 at 05:32:07 PM EST

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