French president to meet with Hariri, Syrian opposition in Saudi Arabia

Published December 29th, 2013 - 01:54 GMT
The French president will meet with both Hariri and Jarba in Saudi Arabia this week (Bertrand Guay/AFP)
The French president will meet with both Hariri and Jarba in Saudi Arabia this week (Bertrand Guay/AFP)

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.”


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