Egypt's Sisi meets Lebanese PM Hariri in Cairo

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Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived in Beirut late on Tuesday, ending a near-three-week absence to address a political crisis that's drawn in regional and global powers and raised concern that the fragile country would again be caught in a showdown between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Hariri's one-day visit to Cairo comes after he met with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Saturday, where he said he would return to Lebanon on Wednesday to attend the country's National Day.

"I don't think anyone, including Saudi Arabia, is under the illusion that the Lebanese government has any control over Hezbollah's behavior overseas", Itani said, noting that part of the group's popularity in Lebanon's Shia areas stems from its substantial provision of social services neglected by the state.

He also held talks with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and said he'll announce his political position after his return to Beirut.

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Hariri arrived at Cairo International Airport, where he was received by Egypt's health minister, the Lebanese ambassador to Cairo and Egypt's ambassador to Beirut, his press office said.

A message on Hariri's Twitter account said the meeting would be followed by a dinner in his honour.

In a November 12 interview from Saudi Arabia with Future TV, a station affiliated with his political party, Hariri said he would return to Lebanon to confirm his resignation. Sisi and Aoun "underscored the importance of preserving Lebanon's stability as well as upholding Lebanon's national interest".