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Hariri well, president says after phone call

Saad Hariri with President Nicos Anastasiades at the Beit el Wasat residence, Beirut, in June

President Nicos Anastasiades had a telephone conversation on Wednesday with outgoing Lebanese prime minister  Saad Hariri.

In a message on Twitter, Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said “Heartfelt phone conversation between President @AnastasiadesCY and @saadhariri#Cyprus#Lebanon”.

Asked about the phone call later, the president said: “we are friends and I felt the need to contact him to see if he is well.”

He added that Hariri “is well” and was still in Saudi Arabia.

The president said the Lebanese official had not asked to come to Cyprus but “I have invited him when he has the chance to visit and I think he will.”

Hariri paid a short visit to Cyprus October 28 during which he said he would like to see stronger economic and trade cooperation, noting that Beirut values its relations with Nicosia, which he described as “our closest European neighbour.”

Hariri announced his resignation on November 4, throwing Lebanon into crisis and put it centre stage in a power struggle between Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia and Shi’ite Iran, whose ally Hezbollah is powerful in Lebanese politics.

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