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Lebanese Widely Welcome Return of Gulf Ambassadors

Lebanese Widely Welcome Return of Gulf Ambassadors

Saturday, 9 April, 2022 - 05:30
A picture shows traffic in the heart of Beirut on April 5, 2022, opposite the Lebanese capital's main Municipality Building. (AFP)

The Gulf countries' decision to return their ambassadors to Beirut was widely welcomed by Lebanese officials, who believe it will open a new chapter in relations between the two sides.

Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian said the move "paves the way for a new chapter of hope and faith in Lebanon's future."

"This Lebanon is Arab and cooperates with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and other fraternal Arab states," he added. "It is also committed to fulfilling the Kuwaiti Gulf initiative."

He noted that the return of ambassadors coincided with Lebanon reaching a preliminary agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Derian expressed his gratitude to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Jaber Al Sabah and Crown Prince Mishal al-Ahmad Al Sabah for "embracing Lebanon and aiding it in its plight".

"We have complete faith in our Gulf brothers and their wisdom in addressing the affairs of the region, including those in Lebanon," he stated.

Former prime minister Fouad Siniora said the return of ambassadors underscores the "national Arab role Lebanon must play in its Arab fold."

"It is also a major sign that Arabs have restored their faith in Lebanon, its economy and future," he added.

Former prime minister Tammam Salam telephoned Saudi Ambassador Waleed Bukhari upon his return to Beirut, underscoring the "unique fraternal role that Saudi Arabia is still playing towards Lebanon and the Lebanese people."

The Mustaqbal movement, headed by former prime minister Saad Hariri, said the return of ambassadors is an opportunity for the Lebanese state to commit to its pledges towards the Gulf.

It hoped it will pave the way for the opening of a new chapter in Lebanese-Gulf ties.

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