Lebanese patriarch plans to meet Hariri in Saudi Arabia: spokesman

 09 Nov 2017 - 19:20

Lebanese patriarch plans to meet Hariri in Saudi Arabia:  spokesman
Lebanese President Michel Aoun meets with Lebanon's Christian Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rai at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon, November 9, 2017. Reuters/Mohamed Azakir

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BEIRUT:  Lebanon’s Maronite Patriarch will visit Saudi Arabia next week and has received “a positive response” from Saudi officials over the possibility of meeting with Saad al-Hariri, who resigned as prime minister, his spokesman said.

The head of the Maronite Catholic church, Patriarch Beshara al-Rai, will take a message to the kingdom that “Lebanon cannot handle conflict,” spokesman Walid Ghayyad said. A meeting between Rai and Hariri will take place in principle, he said.

Lebanon believes Riyadh is holding Hariri, who resigned as prime minister in a surprise weekend broadcast from the kingdom, two top Lebanese government officials said on Thursday. 

(Reporting by Ellen Francis; Editing by Toby Chopra)\