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Saudi, Kuwaiti Ambassadors Meet with Lebanon’s Political and Religious Leaders

Saudi, Kuwaiti Ambassadors Meet with Lebanon’s Political and Religious Leaders

Wednesday, 13 April, 2022 - 07:45
Lebanon's Foreign Minister Abdallah Bouhabib received Kuwait's Ambassador Abdul-Aal al-Qinai (NNA)

The Saudi and Kuwaiti ambassadors have visited Lebanon's political and religious figures to address the country's needs.

The Saudi Ambassador, Waleed Bukhari, and Kuwaiti Ambassador Abdul-Aal al-Qinai arrived in Beirut last Friday after the Saudi Foreign Ministry announced in a statement that its Ambassador returned in response to calls by "moderate" Lebanese political forces.

The ministry also explained that its Ambassador was going back to Lebanon after remarks by Prime Minister Najib Mikati regarding the government's commitment to take the necessary and required measures to "enhance cooperation with the Kingdom and Gulf Cooperation Council countries and to stop all political, military, and security activities affecting the Kingdom and GCC countries."

The Kingdom stressed the importance of Lebanon's return to its Arab origins, represented by its national institutions and agencies, for the country to enjoy peace and security and for its people to enjoy stability.

The Saudi Ambassador met former Prime Minister Tammam Salam, while Kuwait's Ambassador visited the Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian.

Lebanese sources informed Asharq Al-Awsat that Lebanon would receive a humanitarian aid package from the fund formed in cooperation with France amid serious discussions on securing the necessary support for the Lebanese military and security forces.

Bukhari briefed Salam on the efforts to help the Lebanese people in light of the country’s financial and economic crisis.

Salam pointed out that Bukhari conveyed the greetings and wishes of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman, and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to all the Lebanese because the Kingdom has always had close relations with Lebanon.

The former PM indicated that Saudi Arabia has always helped and supported Lebanon, and the diplomat briefed him on all the efforts the Kingdom has been exerting in cooperation with other countries to help the Lebanese.

On the parliamentary elections, Salam said: “We hope that the vote will be an opportunity for positive change for Lebanon and the Lebanese people.”

Salam asserted that the Lebanese people consider the Kingdom their second country. “We aspire to boost our relationship with the Kingdom and strengthen our Arab position on every level and in every field."

Bukhari wished "the Arab and Islamic world, especially our people in Lebanon, all the blessings of the holy month of Ramadan."

The Kuwaiti Ambassador visited the Grand Mufti and affirmed his country's support for Lebanon, hoping its crises would be resolved.

Derian praised the initiative taken by the Kuwaiti Foreign Minister to restore fraternal ties between Lebanon, and Arab and Gulf countries.

He lauded the "leading role of Kuwait in Lebanon and the region."

Derian extended a greeting to all the Arab brothers, stressing that Lebanon will remain loyal, honest, and keen on its national interest and the interest of Arab countries.

Kuwait plays a leading role in uniting Arab countries and ranks to confront regional and international challenges that threaten the Arab region.

The Kuwaiti Ambassador also visited Foreign Minister Abdallah Bouhabib. After the meeting, he wished Lebanon and its people prosperity, success, and stability.

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