Ruler of Dubai Meets Salam, Says UAE Not Targeting Lebanese

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Prime Minister Tammam Salam met with prominent state leaders on Saturday during his second-day visit to the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

Salam held talks with the vice president of the United Arab Emirates and Dubai's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed al-Maktoum.

The PM reportedly discussed with Sheikh Mohammed the UAE decision to deport around 90 Lebanese from the country.

The Gulf state recently gave a 24-hour notice to some Lebanese to leave in the latest wave of deportations from the state.

Sheikh Mohammed vowed to follow up the matter with his country's authorities, stressing that there is no official decision to target the Lebanese living in the UAE.

He pointed out that all measures taken against some Lebanese expats are merely linked to security concerns and don't exceed this limit.

The PM later held a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz.

Salam lauded during his talks with the Saudi official Riyadh's support to Lebanon, praising its continuous aid to the army.

For his part, prince Muqrin stressed his country's keenness to preserve unity in Lebanon, calling on them to overcome their political differences.

The premier also held a meeting with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Friday evening.

On Friday, Salam announced in a speech at the Egypt Economic Development Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh his confidence in Egypt's ability to “overcome the tough phase,” as he reminded that Lebanon is also facing a “fierce terrorist onslaught.”

He said that Lebanon wants to see Egypt “safe, strong and prosperous” with “an active role” in the Arab world.

“We have succeeded in confronting this fierce onslaught and to achieve a high level of security immunity in the country through our army and security forces and the help of our brothers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other countries,” the premier added.

Since last year, the Lebanese army has been confronting jihadist groups entrenched on the country's porous eastern border with Syria. It fought bloody clashes with the militants after they overran the border town of Arsal on August 2.

“Together with Egypt we are capable to foil strife, defeat darkness and emerge victorious in the struggle of wills. We can pave the way for our people towards a bright and promising future,” Salam added.

The premier held talks on Friday with Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah at his place of residence in Sharm el-Sheikh and with Jordanian King Abdullah II, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and EU foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini.



Comments 15
Thumb Mystic 14 March 2015, 12:49

Deport all UAE citizens from Beirut.

Thumb marcus 14 March 2015, 12:53


Thumb geha 14 March 2015, 13:29

the UAE is targeting extremist iranian terrorists trying to act on its territory.
what is wrong about that?

Thumb Mystic 14 March 2015, 13:40

Because there is no Lebanese with resistance links in UAE geha.
Seems like one of your Oligarchs got a serious acid trip, seeing yellow everywhere.

Kinda like you people on Naharnet.

Missing imagine_1979 14 March 2015, 13:46

My dear mystic are u talking about the ISLAMIC resistance? Our local shiite millicia who is proudle under the comand of suprem leadder auatollah al khomaiini? Ou local shiite millicia currently bateling in syria irak yemen and god knows where?
Our local millicia with its democratic progresist and secular leadder which compare arab states (and all its political openents let them be leftist, right wing, secular, sectarian, pan arab, pro occidental..anyone who donnot agree with its modern view on lebanon and the glorious role of very democratic iran in the region of being zionists?..

Missing imagine_1979 14 March 2015, 13:51

Well it's sad but if u have political stands and the camp u chose is curently part of a war against the gulf monarchies u must expect not to be well recived.. U know like assad political apponement are recieved by glorious democratic and so socialist (aka comrad cousin makhlouf)syrian...

Thumb Mystic 14 March 2015, 14:04

What does any of that have to do with random Lebanese being deported?

Thumb marcus 14 March 2015, 14:35

mystic knows if there are Lebanese shia in the UAE with links to kezbollah !

Missing imagine_1979 14 March 2015, 14:44

Ok now i get it mystic.. How Random lebanese get deprted: well they did a lottery draw and those 70 were the random victims...
Or on 100000 lebanese there thay evected 70 with official links and stands pro hezbollah...
I donno which one do u find more logic?...

Missing coolmec 14 March 2015, 15:42

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Missing bigjohn 14 March 2015, 20:08

What I find very interesting in this article is not the deporting of 90 Lebanese. That is a very small number compared to the number of Lebanese in the UAE, and they are NOT stupid enough to expel persons who are from only one sect. The UAE wants good relations with the Lebanese government, and that can not happen if they expel too many matter who they are, and no Lebanese government would put up with expelling persons from ONLY one sect (I just reliazed I am praising the Lebanese government for a change). Also, the UAE needs foreigners, and vice versus. What i find interesting is that Salam went to Egypt and praised the regime who has murdered thousands of mostly moderate Sunni Islamists. Where are the Sunni Islamists in Lebanon and around the Arab world like Daher to denounce him and Hariri for praising SISI??? Imagine Salam going to Bahrain and praising the King???

Thumb tric.portugal 14 March 2015, 21:13

when the demission of the prime-minister ?

Thumb Elemental 14 March 2015, 23:45

Technically targeting Iranian Revolutionary Guard implants and enablers, therefore the prime minister is correct and not targeting Lebanese.

Thumb Elemental 15 March 2015, 00:02

Pardon, the Sheikh is correct.

Thumb whyaskwhy 15 March 2015, 07:31

looking after their own country is what they are doing simply weeding those who do not respect the sovereignty of the UAE. If Hassan wants to throw all those he does not believe in from Iran then thats his prerogative.