Michel Aoun

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French president Emmanuel Macron is received by Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, earlier in November 2017. Photograph: Bandar al-Jaloud/AFP/Getty

President Emmanuel Macron has invited the embattled Lebanese Sunni leader Saad Hariri, his wife and three children to lunch at the Élysée Palace on Sa(...)

 French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian during a meeting with Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri at the latter’s residence in the Saudi capital Riyadh on November 16th, 2017. Photograph: Rania Sanjar/AFP/Getty Images

Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri has accepted an invitation to go to France after his surprise resignation from Saudi Arabia nearly two weeks ago t(...)

Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri shaking hands with French president Emmanuel Macron back in September 2017, before claims about his detainment in Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty

France said on Wednesday that Lebanese prime minister Saad al-Hariri, who Lebanon’s president says is being held hostage by Saudi Arabia, will visit F(...)

Lebanon’s foreign minister, Gebran Bassil, giving a press conference in Paris on Tuesday. He said prime minister Saad Hariri needed to return to Lebanon to prove he was free. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

Saad Hariri will return to Lebanon from Saudi Arabia within two days, he said on Tuesday, 10 days after his shock resignation as prime minister in a b(...)

Patrons of a coffee shop in Beirut watch the television interview on Sunday with prime minister Saad Hariri, which took place in Saudi Arabia. Speculation is rampant that he is being held hostage there. Photograph: Jamal Saidi/Reuters

The Sunday evening interview with Lebanon’s prime minister was meant to put to rest the rampant speculation that he was being held hostage in Saudi Ar(...)

Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman: The abrupt clampdown on corruption could exacerbate criticism of other risky policies he has adopted. Photograph:  Presidency Press Service/Pool Photo via AP

Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has shaken the kingdom to its foundations by detaining senior princes, ministers and wealthy businessmen and fi(...)

Syrian refugees arrive in Wadi Hamayyed, on the outskirts of Lebanon’s northeastern border town of Arsal, to board buses bound for the northwestern Syrian town of Idlib on Wednesday, August 2nd. Photograph: Stringer/AFP/Getty

A ceasefire and evacuation agreement between Hizbullah of the Lebanon and al-Qaeda’s Jabhat Fatah al-Sham got under way on Wednesday when more than 15(...)

French presidential  candidate  Marine Le Pen saluted Trump’s “realism and determination to change things”. Photograph: Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

Marine Le Pen, the presidential candidate for France’s extreme right-wing Front National, attempted to burnish her diplomatic credentials this week w(...)

Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri takes a selfie with journalists at the presidential palace in Baabda, near Beirut. Photograph: Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

Saad Hariri has called for a national unity government after being named Lebanese prime minister, pledging to include all political blocs, even those (...)

Newly elected Lebanese president Michel Aoun reviews the honour guards upon arrival to the presidential palace in Baabda, near Beirut, on Monday. Photograph: Aziz Taher/Reuters

Michel Aoun, a former artillery officer who more than a quarter century ago ran from a Syrian aerial bombardment in his pyjamas, was elected president(...)

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