Lebanon's Christian Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rai met on Tuesday in Saudi Arabia with Saad al-Hariri, who announced his resignation as Lebanon's prime minister from Riyadh on November 4, according to Saudi-owned al-Arabiya TV.
Saad Hariri sent shock waves through Lebanon when he unexpectedly quit as prime minister a week ago, though on Sunday he rejected rumours he was under de facto house arrest in Riyadh, insisting he was "free" and would return home soon.
"Patriarch Bechara al-Rahi's. visit stresses the kingdom's approach for peaceful coexistence, closeness and openness for all sections of Arabic people", Saudi Gulf affairs minister Thamer al-Sabhan said on Twitter.
Hariri's resignation, which has thrown Lebanon into crisis, came against the backdrop of mounting tensions between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran, which back opposing sides in power struggles in hotspots such as Syria and Yemen.
"We can not continue while Iran and a political party are interfering", Hariri said, in his first public comments since his resignation.
The political crisis in Lebanon shouldn't delay the country's first oil and gas offshore licensing round, its energy minister said on Tuesday.
The EU's diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said that a meeting of the bloc's foreign ministers in Brussels yesterday had voiced unanimous support for Lebanon's "unity and stability".
In his announcement last week, Hariri accused Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah of taking over his country and destabilising the broader region, saying he feared for his life.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has said France was "worried by the situation in Lebanon" and wanted to see the government there "stabilise as quickly as possible".
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Hariri's resignation should serve as "a wake-up call to the global community to take action against the Iranian aggression that is trying to turn Syria into a second Lebanon".
"I will return to Lebanon very soon to initiate the necessary constitutional procedures", Hariri said.