Prime Minister Saad Hariri shakes hands with Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan at the Al-Shati palace in Abu Dhabi, November 7, 2017. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Prime Minister Saad Hariri's return to Lebanon is the key to resolving the current political stalemate brought on by his surprise resignation from the premiership last week, officials said Tuesday.The official Emirates News Agency WAM said Hariri briefed the crown prince on the situation in Lebanon following his resignation.Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke by telephone with President Michel Aoun to discuss current developments and other issues following Hariri's resignation, a statement from Aoun's media office said.In Beirut, the Future Movement's parliamentary bloc said that it was awaiting Hariri's return, hours after former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora said Hariri would come back to Beirut.Earlier in the day, Siniora said he was in contact with Hariri, adding that the prime minister would return to Beirut.Siniora said the Future bloc would stand on Hariri's side and would nominate him again for the premiership.Aoun has so far not accepted Hariri's resignation, saying that he will wait for the prime minister's return to Lebanon before making any decision on the matter.
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