Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has arrived back in Beirut for the first time since announcing his resignation in Saudi Arabia more than two weeks ago.

He was greeted at Beirut international airport by members of the security forces as he disembarked from his plane.

Mr Hariri caused a political crisis when he quit during a visit to Riyadh.

He denied speculation that Saudi Arabia had forced him to quit as part of a regional power struggle with Iran.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun has refused to accept his resignation until he returns to present it in person.

On Saturday, Mr Hariri flew to Paris where he met French President Emmanuel Macron, who has been trying to broker a way out of the stalemate.

Shortly after landing at Beirut airport he was asked if he had a message for the Lebanese people, and replied: “Thank you”.

Cheering supporters gathered outside his residence in central Beirut while others drove through the streets waving his future movement flags.

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