Paris confirmed Wednesday that Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has accepted French President Emmanuel Macron’s invitation to come to France. Hariri is expected to land in Paris within the next few days.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

French President Emmanuel Macron’s spokesperson confirmed Wednesday that outgoing Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri will travel to France soon. Over the past few days, rumors about Saudi Arabia holding Hariri against his will in Riyadh have been circulating.

A statement from the Élysée Palace was reportedly released a few minutes after Macron invited Hariri to France. About 10 days ago, Hariri announced his resignation from Riyadh.

Earlier this week, Hariri gave his first interview since announcing his resignation. “For the arrangement [with Hezbollah] to be successful, we would all have to act in Lebanon’s best interest,” he said during the interview with the Lebanese Television Network. “Hezbollah must not be allowed to destroy Lebanon.”

Hariri promised that he would be returning to Lebanon soon in order to make his resignation official. “My resignation does not legally come into effect until I deliver the letter of resignation to the president in Beirut,” he said. “Very soon, I will come to Beirut to carry out this move.”