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US and France express strong support to Lebanon amid crisis

AP  |  Beirut 

The United States and France have expressed their support for Lebanon's sovereignty and stability amid heightening tensions between Beirut and Saudi Arabia.

A political crisis has gripped Lebanon and shattered the relative peace maintained by its coalition since Prime Minister Saad Hariri's stunning announcement November 4 from the Saudi capital that he was resigning.

Lebanese officials have insisted on the return home of Hariri from amid rumors he is being held against his will.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement today that calls upon "all states and parties to respect Lebanon's sovereignty, independence, and constitutional processes."

Lebanon's state-run Agency reported Saturday that French President Emmanuel Macron called his Lebanese counterpart expressing France's commitment to Lebanon's "unity, sovereignty and independence.

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First Published: Sat, November 11 2017. 19:02 IST