Hariri's Smiling Selfies With Saudi Crown Prince and Special Guests

The photograph showed the three leaders smiling and was posted online with a caption reading in Arabic: 'No comment'

Image from Saad Hariri's twitter feed showing the Lebanese president with the Saudi crown prince and King of Morocco, April 10, 2018
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Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri, French President Emmanuel Macron and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman were all featured in a selfie taken in Paris that was shared on the Lebanese leader's official Twitter account on Tuesday.

The photograph showed the three leaders smiling and was posted online with a caption reading in Arabic: "No comment".

This was the second selfie Hariri had published on his official Twitter account on Tuesday. The first one was taken alongside Salman and the Moroccan King Mohammed VI, who were on separate official visits to Paris to meet with Macron.

That photograph was shared by thousands of Twitter users and also had the caption: "No comment".

The smiling selfies are a stark departure from the events of early November 2017, which kicked off when Saad Hariri's plane touched down in Saudi Arabia on Friday November 3. 

There was no line-up of Saudi princes or ministry officials, as would typically greet a prime minister on an official visit to King Salman, senior sources close to Hariri and top Lebanese political and security officials said at the time. His phone was confiscated, and the next day he was forced to resign as prime minister in a statement broadcast by a Saudi-owned TV channel. Rumors swirled in Lebanon for days that Hariri was a prisoner in the Kingdom and that his financial holdings, which are backed by the Saudis, may be in jeopardy.

Hariri eventually returned to Lebanon and rescinded his resignation remaining prime minister and repairing relations with Saudi Arabia.