France's President Emmanuel Macron addresses a press conference at the European Social Summit in Gothenburg, Sweden, on November 17, 2017. / AFP / LUDOVIC MARIN
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receive Hariri as Lebanon's prime ministerFrench President Emmanuel Macron said he would welcome Saad Hariri at the Elysee Palace Saturday as Lebanon's prime minister, as Hariri denied rumors over the circumstances surrounding his two-week stay in Saudi Arabia.The Elysee Palace said in a statement that Macron would meet Hariri for talks, likely to focus on the political crisis caused by Hariri's resignation. After receiving Hariri, Macron would meet with Hariri's family. Macron Wednesday extended the invitation for Hariri and his family to visit Paris. Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, who Friday wrapped up a tour of a number of European countries, including Russia, aimed at clarifying Lebanon's position on Hariri's resignation and drumming up support for Lebanon's stability, said he expected the prime minister to be back in Beirut next Friday.Stressing that Lebanon was stable, Machnouk said that Hariri's expected return to Beirut and his meeting in Paris with Macron would further bolster stability in Lebanon.
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