Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil meets with the EU's top diplomat Federica Mogherini in Brussels, Nov. 14, 2017. (The Daily Star/Foreign Ministry, HO)
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Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil left Beirut Tuesday on a European tour in an effort to explain the "ambiguous" resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri from Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh, a statement from Bassil's press office said.Hariri's shock resignation on Nov. 4 ground Lebanon's government to a halt and destabilized the region, as tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran-backed Hezbollah continue to rise.Mogherini said that the EU's foreign ministers while meeting in Brussels Monday had voiced unanimous support for Lebanon's "unity and stability".In a statement Tuesday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian echoed Mogherini's support for Lebanon's sovereignty.
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