Lebanon: Marathon runners race for PM Hariri's return to Beirut

Lebanon: Marathon runners race for PM Hariri's return to Beirut Participants in an annual Beirut marathon ran in solidarity with former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, in the Lebanese capital on Sunday, a day after President Michel Aoun called for the marathon to become a solidarity protest. The presidential call was well received by Beirut Marathon Association (BMA) which immediately... Еще declared the race «a patriotic protest of sports in solidarity with our Prime Minister Hariri and his return to his country.» The city's mayor who came to cheer on the runners spoke to the press at the marathon. «We have been running in Beirut for 15 years but this race has a special meaning because PM Saad Hariri is not with us although he is in our hearts,» he said. «We are hand in hand calling for national unity and waiting for Mr.Hariri to come back as soon as possible to be with us.» The solidarity marathon comes amid a recent escalation of tensions in the region after Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri gave a surprise announcement of his resignation during a trip to Saudi Arabia, where he is still present.

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