Is Hariri's return to Lebanon related to looming regional settlement?
Former prime minister and al-Mustaqbal Movement leader Saad Hariri’s upcoming visit to Beirut will not be swift and he will give time to his popular base and to anyone who might request to meet him -- be them ambassadors, politicians or social figures, al-Jadeed TV has reported.
He will also visit Speaker Nabih Berri, caretaker PM Najib Mikati and Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Daryan, the TV network added.
“Hariri’s political return will be related to a regional settlement that would allow him to work on reactivating the economic cycle and building Lebanon, exactly as happened with his martyr father (Rafik Hariri) in 1992,” Mustaqbal sources told al-Jadeed.
“The indications of the regional settlement have started to appear with the U.S. and British stances that mentioned the two-state solution and a recognition of a Palestinian state, before being followed by positivity from Hezbollah, which opened the door to negotiations over the land border and the liberation of the occupied Lebanese territory,” the sources added.
According to media reports, Hariri is expected to be in Beirut on February 14 to mark the 19th anniversary of the assassination of his father, Rafik Hariri.