PARIS: Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri confirmed he will return to Beirut in time for Independence Day celebrations Wednesday, as political turmoil rocks his country following his resignation announcement in Saudi Arabia.
"I will return to Beirut in the coming days," Hariri said after crisis talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.
"I will participate in the celebrations for our independence and it is there that I will make known my position on all the issues after meeting with the president of our republic, general Michel Aoun."
Aoun -- who has refused to accept Hariri's resignation while he remains abroad -- had said earlier Saturday that the premier would return in time for Independence Day.
Hariri arrived in Paris on Saturday at the invitation of Macron, who is attempting to help broker a solution to a political crisis that has raised fears over Lebanon's fragile democracy.