Lebanese cardinal arrives in Saudi Arabia to meet Hariri

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Cardinal Bechara el-Rai's visit, the first ever by a Maronite patriarch to the kingdom according to the cardinal, has taken on special significance since Hariri announced his resignation in a surprise statement broadcast from Riyadh on November 4. The man, whose face was outside the frame, soon disappeared but not before the camera moved back to Hariri, who was staring toward him with an angry and disgusted look. He was pale, with dark bags under his eyes. "You made me exhausted", he said. "So I suspect that this was [to] kind of soften the entire situation".

Hariri's shock resignation after less than a year as premier mystified Lebanon and led to speculation by some media outlets and politicians that he was forced into it by the Gulf kingdom.

"I think this is all part of a trend that is regional and not just about Lebanon".

Their Luxembourgish counterpart Jean Asselborn warned Riyadh that a meltdown in Lebanon would further destabilize the tumultuous Middle East, adding that "a hostage crisis, if that is what is happening with the Lebanese Prime Minister in Saudi Arabia, is not very good news for the region".

An official visit to Saudi Arabia by such a senior non-Muslim cleric is a rare act of religious openness for the kingdom, which hosts the holiest sites in Islam and bans the practice of other religions but says it wants to open up more to the world.

Hariri initially said he was stepping down because of Iranian influence in Lebanon's affairs. And he added a plot twist in the drama that has gripped the country the past week.

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His demand that Hezbollah pull out of its foreign wars is unlikely to be met.

Saudi Arabia's U.N. Ambassador Abdallah al-Mouallimi, asked whether Hariri is being detained, told a news conference at U.N. headquarters in New York: "That's preposterous". These conflicts have cost the group many lives, and it is so strong in Lebanon, there is little reason for it to capitulate. But, she says, now at least the door is open for negotiation and Lebanon has a chance to keep its prime minister. Hezbollah, too, has an interest in Lebanon's stability, and that includes keeping Hariri and his coalition government in office.

In recent years, Hezbollah's role in neighboring Syria's civil war paralyzed Lebanon's political system.

KSCIP now operates from Kuala Lumpur and the government aims to complete the construction in two years.

Even if Hariri eventually returns, his country's future is far from clear. "They (the Lebanese) will not rest until he returns so that life returns to normal".

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