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U.S. welcomes Hariri's return to Lebanon - State Department official
November 22, 2017 / 8:18 PM / 22 days ago

U.S. welcomes Hariri's return to Lebanon - State Department official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States welcomes Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri’s return to Lebanon, a U.S. State Department official said on Wednesday.

Saad al-Hariri who suspended his decision to resign as prime minister gestures to his supporters at his home in Beirut, Lebanon November 22, 2017. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi

The United States is also encouraged by Hariri’s discussions with Lebanese President Michel Aoun and his statement reaffirming his commitment to the stability of Lebanon, the official said.

After returning to Beirut for the first time since he quit abruptly on Nov. 4 in a broadcast from Saudi Arabia, Hariri shelved his decision to resign at the request of Aoun, easing a crisis that had deepened tensions in the Middle East.

Reporting by Yara Bayoumy; Writing by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Eric Walsh

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