Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrives to attend a Cabinet session in Baabda, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived in Riyadh Friday on his second visit to Saudi Arabia this week aimed primarily at bolstering stability in Lebanon, Future Movement officials said.The prime minister left Beirut Friday afternoon on "a working visit" to Saudi Arabia, Hariri's media office said, without giving further details. A political source said Hariri was likely to meet Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz during his visit.A political source said that Hariri's talks with senior Saudi officials were also aimed at safeguarding a political settlement that led to the election of President Michel Aoun on Oct. 31 last year and brought Hariri back to the premiership.During a two-day visit to Riyadh Monday and Tuesday, Hariri held talks separately with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and Saudi Minister of State for Arab Gulf Affairs Thamer al-Sabhan. Hariri, speaking during a Cabinet session he chaired Thursday, assured ministers that Lebanon's stability was a top priority for Saudi Arabia.Rai said the one-day visit would take place within two weeks and it includes a meeting with the Saudi king and crown prince.Later Friday, Machnouk reiterated that parliamentary elections, scheduled for May next year, would be held on time.
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