French president to meet with Hariri, Syrian opposition in Saudi Arabia
French President Francois Hollande will meet former Lebanese premier Saad Hariri and Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba in Saudi Arabia, where he arrived Sunday, said a member of his entourage.
The meeting with Hariri, a fierce critic of the Syrian regime, comes amid heightening tensions in Lebanon after the assassination of his close aide, ex-minister Mohammad Chatah, in a car bomb on Friday in Beirut.
Chatah, 62, a Sunni Muslim former finance minister and close aide to ex-prime minister Saad Hariri, was killed by a car bomb in the Lebanese capital on Friday along with six other people.
Dozens of other people were wounded in the blast, which officials said involved about 50-60 kilograms of explosives.
Syria has denied the “wrong and arbitrary accusations,” while Hezbollah said the bombing was aimed at destroying “national unity.”