November 17, 2017 / 10:45 PM / 9 months ago

Lebanon's Hariri on Twitter: "I am on the way to the airport"

CAIRO (Reuters) - Lebanon Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said late on Friday he is on his way to the airport in Saudi Arabia.

A poster depicting Saad al-Hariri, who announced his resignation as Lebanon's prime minister from Saudi Arabia, is seen in Beirut, Lebanon November 17, 2017. The poster reads: ÒWe are all with you.Ó REUTERS/Jamal Saidi

Hariri, who sparked a crisis by resigning as Lebanese prime minister on Nov. 4 during a visit to Saudi Arabia, tweeted, “To say that I am held up in Saudi Arabia and not allowed to leave the country is a lie. I am on the way to the airport...”

Earlier a member of his party said Hariri will leave Riyadh for France on Friday, but will not return directly to Beirut after the visit.

Hariri’s abrupt resignation while he was in Saudi Arabia and his continued stay there caused fears over Lebanon’s stability and thrust it into the bitter rivalry between Riyadh and Iran.

Reporting by Mohamed El-Sherif; editing by Clive McKeef

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