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Lebanon PM Hariri in Saudi for 1st visit since reversed resignation

AP , Wednesday 28 Feb 2018
Hariri & Saudi envoy
A handout picture provided by the Lebanese photo agency Dalati and Nohra on February 26, 2018 shows Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri (R) meeting with head of the Saudi envoy Nizar al-Alula at the governmental palace in the capital Beirut (Photo: AFP)
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Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has headed to Saudi Arabia in his first visit to the kingdom since his now-reversed resignation from Riyadh late last year in a sequence of events that deeply strained relations between the two countries.

Hariri arrived in Saudi Arabia early Wednesday, and is expected to meet the king and the crown prince. His visit followed an invite by a Saudi envoy who visited Hariri in Beirut.

Hariri's visit is likely to boost relations with his Saudi backers.

Relations between Hariri and Saudi rulers took a major hit last year.

Hariri reversed his resignation — submitted from the kingdom — upon returning to Beirut, saying he reached a domestic deal to distance Lebanon from regional conflicts. 

*This story was edited by Ahram Online

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