Egypt and Lebanon enjoy historical and fraternal ties. I share a unique friendship with Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, former Lebanese prime minister Saad al-Harir wrote on Twitter Wednesday.
Hariri wrote this tweet and posted two photos of him and al-Sisi after he had left Egypt heading towards Lebanon.
On Tuesday, Hariri, who resigned as prime minister on Nov. 4, met al-Sisi for talks in a brief Cairo stopover before a planned return to Lebanon.
Hariri returned to Beirut on Tuesday for the first time since he resigned as Lebanon’s prime minister in a broadcast from Saudi Arabia and plunged his country into political crisis.
تاريخ أخوي يجمع أم الدنيا بلبنان كما الصداقة المميزة التي تجمعني بالرئيس السيسي. pic.twitter.com/6UMwS1Xrwc
— Saad Hariri (@saadhariri) November 21, 2017
Hariri, a long-time ally of Saudi Arabia, cited fear of assassination and meddling by Iran and Hezbollah in the Arab world in his resignation speech.
In a Nov. 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.
But he also held out the possibility of withdrawing it if Hezbollah respected Lebanon’s policy of staying out of regional conflicts such as Yemen.