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2. Hariri meets Macron in Paris

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri who made a sudden announcement to resign on November 4th has met with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.

Hariri cited fear of assassination when he made the announcement from Saudi Arabia and criticized the Shia Muslim organization Hezbollah and Iran.

Some have speculated that he was forced to resign by Saudi Arabia because of his conciliatory stance toward Hezbollah.

Hariri flew to Paris in response to an invitation by Macron. After the meeting on Saturday, Hariri told reporters that he will soon return to Lebanon to attend an Independence Day ceremony on Wednesday.

He also said that he will declare his political stance to Lebanese President Michel Aoun.

Hariri's resignation has threatened to widen the rift between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Observers are closely watching whether the intervention by France which has historical ties with Lebanon will help normalize the situation.
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