Lebanon's top leaders, lawmakers, ministers, security officials and foreign diplomats gathered on Wednesday to celebrate the 74th Independence Day in a military parade held at Shafiq Wazzan Avenue in Beirut's Central District.
Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who arrived in Beirut on Tuesday night 18 days after his surprise resignation, attended the Independence Day celebration.
Hariri stood alongside President Michel Aoun and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri as Lebanon’s Prime Minister, noting that he would have also been required to attend the parade as a caretaker premier even if his resignation was accepted.
“Thank God for your safe return,” Aoun seemed to be whispering in Hariri’s ears following a warm embrace between the two men.
Following the parade, Berri and Hariri were seen arriving at the Baabda Palace in the same car.
The top three leaders, later, held a closed-door meeting ahead of the traditional reception ceremony during which they receive well-wishers on the occasion of Independence Day.
Hariri is set to meet later on with his supporters at his residence in Downtown Beirut.