French President Macron Calls Up Netanyahu After Meeting with Lebanon’s Hariri

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PM Netanyahu meets French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris. July 16, 2017

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by phone on Sunday with French President Emmanuel Macron. The conversation lasted about half an hour and was scheduled at request of the French president.

President Macron briefed Prime Minister Netanyahu with the measures he is taking in the latest crisis in Lebanon, which began when Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri fled to Saudi Arabia and announced he is resigning.

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Netanyahu and Macron decided to speak again in the next few days and meet in Paris at the beginning of next month.

Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Macron also discussed the nuclear deal with Iran, Iran’s establishment attempts in Syria and its activities in the region.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Saad Hariri of Lebanon met with France’s President Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée Palace in Paris. Hariri’s wife and eldest son joined them for lunch afterwards.

Hariri’s two other children are still in school Saudi Arabia, which did not dispel the rumors that the Saudis are using Hariri’s family as leverage against him.

Hariri suddenly resigned as Prime Minister of Lebanon the other week after flying to Saudi. He said he feared for his safety in Lebanon. His resignation though, won’t be accepted until he presents it in person, in Lebanon.

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