Pope Tawadros II welcomes Hariri during his visit to Cairo Wednesday. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra)
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Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Wednesday that Lebanon would present a united front during next week's Arab Summit, dismissing concerns of rifts between him and President Michel Aoun over Hezbollah's arms.In Cairo, Hariri is leading a delegation that includes Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Ghassan Hasbani, Education Minister Marwan Hamadeh, Agriculture Minister Ghazi Zeaiter, Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk, Culture Minister Ghattas Khoury, Public Works Minister Youssef Fenianos, Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil and Economy Minister Raed Khoury.The prime minister will return to Lebanon Thursday.His meeting with Sisi spanned upwards of an hour. The premier informed Sisi of Israel's increasing threats to Lebanon.Hariri sought to dispel claims that his relationship with Saudi Arabia had soured, having taken his first official trip in his capacity as prime minister to Egypt instead of the gulf nation. Hariri and his Egyptian counterpart Sharif Ismail sponsored a conference which was organized by the Egyptian-Lebanese Businessmen's Forum. The event was attended by a number of business, industrial and financial figures from both Lebanon and Egypt in addition to the ministerial delegation.The prime minister also called for a more balanced trade relationship between Egypt and Lebanon.
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