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Al-Aloula in Beirut: Over 20 Agreements with Lebanon Will be Activated

Saudi royal envoy Nizar al-Aloula arrived Tuesday in Lebanon for talks with senior Lebanese officials.

“We came to congratulate over the formation of the government, which we hope will bring welfare to you, because if Lebanon rises the Arab world will rise,” al-Aloula told reporters at Beirut's Rafik Hariri International Airport.

“I'm not carrying surprises and my visit has nothing to do with (Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad) Zarif's visit to Lebanon,” the Saudi official said.

“This country only lacks further agreements,” al-Aloula added.

“Now we can coordinate with Lebanon since the government has been formed and there are more than 20 agreements that will be activated,” he went on to say.

Al-Aloula is expected to meet with Prime Minister Saad Hariri later on Tuesday.

Unnamed diplomatic sources told Saudi daily Asharq al-Awsat that al-Aloula will “meet with senior officials and partake in the commemoration ceremony of late PM Rafik Hariri.”

“He will also reiterate the Kingdom’s support for Lebanon’s stability and solidarity,” the sources added.

A new national unity government was formed in Lebanon on January 31.

Source: Naharnet


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