>> Lebanon's Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, in Paris for talks with the French President, on a crisis sparked by his resignation. Dispelling accusations by Lebanon's President, that he's being held in Saudi Arabia against his will. His resignation and prolonged stay in Riyadh has caused fears for Lebanon's stability. The visit to France, Lebanon's former colonial ruler, is seen as part of a possible way out of the crisis.
Lebanon's President Michel Aoun has refused to accept his resignation unless he does so in Lebanon. And says Hariri has told him he'd be back in the country by Wednesday, in time for the country's Independence Day celebrations. The Prime Minister quit unexpectedly two weeks ago during a visit to Saudi Arabia.
In a televised speech he accused Iran and Hezbollah of serving strife in the Arab world. The crisis has thrust Lebanon into a regional rivalry, pitting Sunni Saudi Arabia against the block led by Iran, which includes the heavily armed Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah group. Saudi Arabia recalled its envoy to Berlin on Saturday, over comments by Germany's foreign minister, that suggested Hariri was being held against his will.
After meeting McCraw, Hariri is expected to visit a number of Arab capitals, before finally heading back to Lebanon.