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Lebanese president says ties with Saudi Arabia on the mend after visit

Discussion in 'Israel & Middle East News' started by Chris, Jan 11, 2017.

  1. Chris

    Chris Administrator Staff Member

    Lebanese president says ties with Saudi Arabia on the mend after visit
    By REUTERS
    11 January 2017 11:54
    Saudi Arabia cancelled military aid last February when Beirut failed to join other Arab states in condemning attacks by Iranian demonstrators on Saudi missions in Iran.
    Saudi King Salman bin Abulaziz Al-Saud welcomes Lebanon's President Michel Aoun (R) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 10, 2017. (photo credit:REUTERS)

    Lebanon's President Michel Aoun said his country's ties with Saudi Arabia were recovering, after tensions linked to the regional rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran led Riyadh to cancel $3 billion of military aid to Beirut last year. Aoun, an ally of the Iranian-backed Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah, visited Saudi Arabia this week, trying to mend relations with the Sunni Muslim monarchy which has traditionally backed Hezbollah's opponents in Lebanon.

    Saudi Arabia cancelled the military aid in February last year when the Lebanese government failed to join other Arab states in condemning attacks by Iranian demonstrators on Saudi missions in Iran. It has also warned wealthy Saudi visitors to stay away from Lebanon, depriving the country of vital tourism revenue.

    Aoun told the Saudi-owned Asharq al-Awsat in an interview published on Wednesday - a day after he held talks with King Salman - that Saudi tourists would soon return to Lebanon. Asked if his visit had turned a new page in relations with Saudi Arabia, Aoun said: "Yes. When this transient era clears, we will be certain that it had no roots from the Lebanese people's side."

    more............http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Le...h-Saudi-Arabia-on-the-mend-after-visit-478105
     
  2. Chris

    Chris Administrator Staff Member

    They just want the Saudis money. Lebanon is still in the back pockets of the mullahs in Iran. :sad
     

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