Visiting Lebanese patriarch meets Saad al-Hariri in Saudi Arabia: Arabiya TV

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DUBAI (Reuters) – Lebanon’s Christian Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rai met on Tuesday in Saudi Arabia with Saad al-Hariri, who announced his resignation as Lebanon’s prime minister from Riyadh on Nov. 4, according to Saudi-owned al-Arabiya TV.

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rai speaks to members of the Christian community during a mass in a two day visit in Damascus June 7, 2015. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

Hariri abruptly announced his resignation in a television broadcast, saying he believed there was an assassination plot against him and accusing Saudi Arabia’s arch-foe Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah of sowing strife in the Arab world.

Patriarch Beshara al-Rai is making an historic first visit to Saudi Arabia.

Reporting by Mostafa Hashem, writing by Sami Aboudi; Editing by Catherine Evans

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